The Los Angeles Dodgers are experiencing a small starting pitching crisis right now. Josh Beckett has hit the DL with a hip injury, and Hyun-Jin Ryu has become a bit of a question mark after getting rocked by the Tigers.
The Dodgers could seek to alleviate their pitching woes by dealing for a back-end starter, speculates Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times. And he has a couple of names in mind.
They could pursue depth, a back-of-the-rotation starter along the lines of Jake Peavy of the Boston Red Sox or Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets.
Shaikin pushes it a step further by suggesting the Dodgers might seek to pursue a front-line pitcher to not only get them over the hump this year but set themselves up for the future:
Or they could pursue insurance against what could be October disaster — an injury to Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke — and set themselves up nicely for next season by surrendering top prospects for David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays or Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Dodgers G.M. Ned Colletti has said that Beckett’s injury won’t change L.A.’s trade deadline strategy, but one imagines that all depends on the severity of the injury and how long Beckett will be out.
For now, the Dodgers’ solutions include Paul Maholm and Red Patterson. The former has a plus-5 ERA in the bigs this year and the latter a plus-5 ERA in the minors.
Given those numbers, you might forgive the Dodgers if they seek elsewhere for relief.