With both Jacob deGrom and Justin Verlander off the boards, the free-agent market doesn’t have a ton of high-end starting pitching available. Still, the Dodgers intend to add a starter or two at some point this offseason, either via free agency or trade.
But even if L.A. can’t add anyone, they have a lot of potential within their organization. During his media scrum at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts was asked those young arms and how they might contribute in 2023.
“Ryan [Pepiot] did a lot of growth this year. I think that he did a nice job. I think Michael Grove, in the short samples, did a really nice job. He’s going to be in play.”
“I think Bobby Miller, as far as stuff, we’ve all heard about it. Love the compete. Love the body, the head. We’re going to see him this year. We’re going to see Bobby this year. How much? That’s up to him.
“A guy that’s really interesting that we’re going to be talking a lot about going forward is Gavin Stone. Got a chance to see him a little bit before the postseason and talked to him, and he’s a special young talent, makeup.
“And then you’re talking about Andre Jackson who finished strong for us. So we’ve got some guys in the hopper that I know are going to be able to back fill on the pitching side.”
The Dodgers have four starters basically locked into their rotation: Julio Urias, Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin, and Dustin May. There’s a ton of upside there, but also potential for some injured list time or the need for an extra day off here and there. Having those five young players available will be a huge boon for L.A. as they battle to win the NL West for the 10th time in 11 years.
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