The Los Angeles Dodgers have one last need before the start of the 2018 season: bring in a respectable pitcher to pitch behind Clayton Kershaw.
The starting rotation has always been the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ biggest strength. Led by Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers rotation in recent years has been the one constant in an ever-evolving game. Since 2010, Los Angeles leads all teams in pitching WAR — according to FanGraphs — with a combined 161.8 WAR. Second place, the Yankees, have a combined 154.3 WAR.
While having the best pitcher of this era will certainly pad those numbers, Rick Honeycutt has done a tremendous job at consistently getting the most out of the guys the front office gives him. So many guys come to the Dodgers, excel, then find the big money elsewhere and fail to recapture that Rick Honeycutt magic.
2018 looks to be no different for the Dodgers and their always solid pitching staff. Clayton Kershaw is still in his prime. Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu fill out the rest of the rotation. On many teams, all of these guys would be no worse than a third starter.
As great and as deep as the rotation is, though, they are still missing that star ace behind Kershaw. They are missing that Zack Greinke, that Yu Darvish that makes the Dodgers seem unhittable. While Alex Wood could step into the role, his fatigue and inconsistency down the stretch were big red flags on giving him a significant workload.
Thus, the Dodgers have some searching to do. The biggest free agent names are yet to sign during this slow offseason. Therefore, we ranked how likely each big name free agent pitcher is to signing with the Dodgers.