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Even after locking up Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers could still pursue more pitching

Jan 15, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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The Dodgers may have just locked up starter Clayton Kershaw for the price of $215 million over seven years, but they may not be spending yet. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers could still add more pitching. Getting involved on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka would require approval from ownership, but they could still pursue veteran Bronson Arroyo as well.

Adding another starter would give them six with Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren, and Josh Beckett. Chad Billingsley is expected to return around the All-Star break as well. Beckett, coming off of thoracic outlet surgery, would likely be the odd man out. The Dodgers could simply move him to the bullpen or swing a trade. Beckett is a free agent after the season, and if the Dodgers pay a healthy portion of his $15.75 million salary for 2014, they could certainly draw some interest.

  1. beavertonsteve - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    A rotation including Kershaw, Grienke and Tanaka would be approaching a 1/2 Billion in pitching contracts for just 3 guys.

    They could probably buy the Astros if they wanted to.

    • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      As what, a farm team?

      I’m beginning to wonder if the US Mint is one of the silent partners behind this team….

      • stex52 - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        I’m waiting for the viewer’s revolt against the cable contract charges in LA. It is happening in Houston now. That will really cut back on the old spigot.

      • beavertonsteve - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Not the Dodgers, just those 3 guys.

      • Glenn - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        If cable choices were a la carte, all the non-sports fans would opt out of subsidizing us sports fans and the big money would dry up for most franchises. Thank you grandma, for pitching in for me to see any MLB team for any game so you can see the channels that you want. The current cable fee system is surely the next economic bubble to burst. If I didn’t “need” to see the Red Sox every night, I would go basic or no cable and watch shows via Netflix, Hulu, etc.; and kiss my cable company good-bye.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Why would anyone buy the Astros, because they are young and have no long term contracts
      on their books, how about you take a look at the teams in the Astros division.

  2. nsstlfan - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Wasn’t the headline just a few days ago, “The Dodgers will not be outbid for Tanaka”?

    • beavertonsteve - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      I think they tried to temper those expectations a bit, but with Kershaw’s deal locked in place it opens the door a bit more. They still need to decide if they want to lock up Hanley as well. That’s another big contract on the books if they do.

      • Old Gator - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        I can tell you from close at hand experience that “locking Hanley up” has a deleterious effect on his performance. He went from near-superstar to struggling malcontent as soon as he signed his fat contract with the Feesh.

        Of course, much of that had to do with the accursed (not to mention tasteless) .342 amulet that Scrooge McLoria hung around Hanley’s neck to celebrate his batting title. Scrooge thought it would enable him to control the Hanster, but he underestimated the puissance of his own malignant spirits….

      • Glenn - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        Gator – I was in love with Hanley like any other sports fan anticipating great prospects in one’s organization. Watching him in the minors, with his lackadaisical attitude and lack of hustle, made me glad when the Sox traded him. If you can’t even fake it in the minors, one wonders if those character flaws are ever correctable. That leopard still seems to have the same spots. If you are too cool for Portland while “working” to make it to the Bigs, you will definitely be too cool anywhere else, especially after some success and money.

  3. rje49 - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Anyone should know better than to assume a team will have 6 starters available by mid-season. Injuries happen, ya know? Then to say Beckett would be the odd man out? Now you’re guessing which pitcher will be the least effective by July?

  4. csbanter - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Dodgers better win a championship in next year or two, otherwise all the big spending would have gone for naught.

  5. crackersnap - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Do they have any money left over to spend on scoring more runs than a middle of the road team? (7th out of 15 in the NL, 17th out of 30 in MLB)

    • Professor Fate - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      A) Mediocre run scoring last year was largely due to injury. There was one game (one!) last year in which all four outfielders were healthy. If HanRam had played more than 86 games he would have been in the MVP conversation.

      B) The current pitching lineup, as long as its healthy, would win a ton of games if the team is still mid-pack in scoring runs.

  6. gattaga72 - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    Pitching pitching and more pitching!!!!! Can never get enough of it!!!!Tanaka will be in dodger blue this season!!!! Dodgers making the Yankees look like a small market team….

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