It is an indisputable fact that the Dodgers need to sign one of Gerrit Cole or Stephen Strasburg this off-season. It’s been seven years since the last big FA pitching splash when Zack Greinke was given a then-record deal for right-handed pitchers.
However, even if one of those aces is rightfully acquired by Los Angeles, there’s a chance it may not be enough. I’m not talking about getting another top-tier ace, but rather a more affordable veteran to lock down the back half of the rotation.
Andrew Friedman reiterated that the Dodgers plan on having Julio Urías in their starting rotation next season. As it stands, it’s Urías, Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, and Kenta Maeda in the rotation. He said Ross Stripling will have a chance to compete for a spot.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) November 13, 2019
Now I am in no way dismissing Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin. They were both superb last year, and one or both could have a breakout season that locks down the rotation (and perhaps the bullpen too). But I’m not sure I want to put too much pressure on both of them, and thus be potentially shorthanded in the event that one or both spend time in the minors….