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Dodgers News: Andrew Friedman Leaves Door Open for Prospects to Fill LA’s Starting Pitching Need

After the headache of the postseason with the Dodgers missing some key starting pitchers, it’s no question the Dodgers will be looking to improve their unit. Clayton Kershaw still remains a question mark to return while the health of Walker Buehler remains a long shot with no specific time for a return.

This keeps the Dodgers down to Julio Urias, Tyler Anderson, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin assuming they all return next season. However, even with the return of their star power it doesn’t hurt adding more depth to a unit who clearly struggled to stay healthy at the end of the season.

This leaves Andrew Friedman with some decisions to make, but Dodgers fans can feel a bit hopeful knowing the awareness within the front office remains at an all time high. The hitting for the Dodgers during the postseason will always be a topic of conversation, but it doesn’t help the argument when the Dodgers were without a set closer and had to rely on key starters on a pitch count when it mattered most.

Friedman is open to making some moves, but also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of prospects to fill the need.

It’s always a better opportunity to go after the proven players, but with the way the Dodgers played during the regular season it’s evident the Dodgers are close to becoming a championship caliber team once again. A blockbuster move may not have to be made, but the team needs to do something to avoid the same disappointment once again.

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  1. Well the mind games continue. Two weeks ago it was Judge and Ohtani at once now it’s Lux and Amaya at middle infield. Riches to Rags story. So are they trying to head fake the competition for free agents by saying they’re out and throwing big money in the end. Or really going cheap and running a combo nursery-senior center of a ball club to break the penalty salary level string.

  2. LET THE KIDS PLAY!!!!! Pepiot, Miller, Vargas, Outman at least this year.

    Cartaya, Busch, and Stone the following year. Just keep infusing the roster with the top prospects. They will develop faster with the mentoring of the veterans.

  3. The kids component of our 23 roster is pretty interesting. Best guess is we’ll need one SP to fill in behind Kershaw for injury/end of season strength. We could easily need one for the bullpen as well and one more for security. Would be a good move to go after that Japanese pitcher who is posting soon.

    Trea’s probably gone. Correa just turned down three years at $35 mill/yr.; probably looking for $40/yr for many years on a club that is perpetual postseason likely. He could end up not a fit for us. If so, are we going to go with Muncy, Lux and Busch in the infield at the same time? That’s cringeworthy defense, especially without the shift. We could trade for Adames, but he strikes out a ton and we already have plenty of that, especially against postseason pitching.

    I could see Busch and possibly Rios on the bench; with a big bat coming our way mid-season. Collectively, that’s plenty of youth.

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