The Dodgers Should Not Stop Acquiring Players Even After Signing Kazmir And Maeda
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The Dodgers have finally entered the Free Agent Starting Pitchers frenzy this offseason In two moves over the last week they have inked Scott Kazmir to a 3 YRs/$48 MIL and NPBL stud Kenta Maeda to an 8 year pact – where terms were not disclosed until mid last week ($24 MIL is guaranteed – with incentives on performance that could bring that up to $10 MIL per year) .
These are decent deals to counter what the D’Backs did in picking up former Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke, and then trade for Shelby Miller, while the Giants inked Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija to help bolster both of their clubs.
Before LA signed Maeda, the squad was looking at a depth chart of all 5 Left Handed Starting Pitchers.
The most troublesome part about the 5 of them are the health concerns on Hyun-jin Ryu and Brett Anderson/Scott Kazmir have also had significant stints with year long injuries over the past half dozen years.
Adding more guys to the Starting Staff will only help serve to be a nice safety net for a club that is vying for a World Series Championship.
Carlos Frias is listed in the Bullpen depth chart, but also saw 13 Game Starts for the franchise last year. This is beginning to look like the club will have enough Starters to make it through next campaign.
I say this knowing full well that the Dodgers goal is to not only make the playoffs – but also win in October.
Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman have had several misfires in this winter so far with losing Greinke, blowing out the Hisashi Iwakuma deal – and dropping out of the Aroldis Chapman market once he was cited for domestic abuse allegations.
This is the first step the brass has taken to correct its path. While admirable to do this, they should still add 1 more proven Veteran to join Kershaw at the top.
By agreeing on a deal to one more Starter it would also free up the club to stockpile the depth chart in order to make a bunch of midseason trades to upgrade the club.
Los Angeles will also be rumored in the Jose Fernandez direction. With Urias, Puig and a collection of other young prospects, they would have the wherewithal to complete a trade should Miami finally want to pull the trigger.
Either that, or even Sonny Gray might in play for the A’s if a package like that could be sent up the I- 5 Highway in California.
This should not be the end of improving this club going forward for the upcoming season. But it is nice they have thrown their hat in the ring, and spent some money.
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Posted on January 2, 2016, in The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged andrew freidman, aroldis chapman, brandon mccarthy, Carlos Frias, chicago white sox, Dave Roberts, Farhan Zaidi, Frankie Montas, hisashi iwakuma, Hyun-Jin Ryu, ian kennedy, jeff samardzija, johnny cueto, jose fernandez, julio arias, Kenta Maeda, la dodgers, los angeles dodgers, Luxury Tax Threshold, Mike Bolsinger, nl west, NPBL, san francisco giants, scott kazmir, shelby miller, sonny gray, todd frazier, Tommy John Surgery, yasiel puig, yovani gallardo, zack greinke. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.