In a fashion only befitting their current state as the biggest spenders in all of Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers surely have the most handsomely compensated 5th starter in all of baseball.
That would be Josh Beckett, former World Series hero for the
Miami…er…Florida Marlins and the Boston Red Sox. At this point in his career he is more of a 4th or 5th starter though, grumpy looking as ever, sporting a most unfortunate soul patch, and playing out the final year of a four-year, $68 million deal.
Beckett has not yet pitched in 2014. Dealing with an ankle injury, he should be ready to make his season debut on Wednesday. According to Alanna Rizzo:
Barring anything crazy, Josh Beckett will be activated off of the DL and start tomorrow’s game for the @Dodgers.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 9, 2014
That pins Beckett against the Detroit Tigers in Dodgers stadium. Limited to only eight starts last season, Beckett still appears to be in a position to be a useful guy for the Dodgers. If nothing else, he will not be phased by the spotlight/hype that will follow this Dodgers team around all season.
That’s not to say he will handle it terribly well, but at least it won’t bother him.