Julio Urias has been making waves in the league and has been a reliable piece for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 26-year-old has been with the organization since 2013, and while he has a bright future ahead of him, one MLB insider predicts that the Dodgers will no longer be tied to Urias’ future plans after this season.
MLB insider Bob Nightengale of USA Today wrote a column on his expectations for the Dodgers this season despite their quiet offseason. One of the players Nightengale briefly highlighted was Julio Urias and the impact of the pitcher’s upcoming free agency:
“Friends close to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias, frustrated by the pitch limits that the organization has set throughout his career, are convinced that he’ll depart as a free agent after the season.”
Over the course of his career, the Dodgers have exercised immense caution with the prized hurler. After making his debut as a 19-year-old in 2016, pitch limits, innings counts, and extra days off have been the norm for Julio, even when he didn’t want it. Moreover, a shoulder operation in 2017 set him back at least two seasons as a full-timer.
There is no doubt that the left-handed pitcher has been one of the best starting pitchers in the league over the past three seasons. During that time span, Urias posted a 2.66 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 415 2/3 innings for the Dodgers. Not to mention, he had a pivotal role in helping LA win the 2020 World Series.
Urias was also a third-place finisher in the NL Cy Young Award voting last season which speaks volumes about his skill and potential. Los Angeles would be taking a big hit if Urias chooses to take his talents elsewhere. Last season, Urias pitched 175 innings, and the year before he pitched 185.2.
The pitcher has clearly presented himself as a valuable asset to the team, but with reports of conflict between LA’s management over his pitch counts, this could very well drive Urias out of LA in free agency next offseason. Notably, Julio is represented by MLB super agent Scott Boras, further hurting his chances of being in blue in 2024 and beyond.
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