Most MLB insiders assume the Los Angeles Dodgers will concentrate on upgrading their starting rotation during this upcoming offseason. Since Shohei Ohtani can’t pitch during the 2024 season, he may not be a good fit for the Dodgers.
It seems like the MLB insiders don’t look at the young Dodger starters. But that’s not the only rumor Jon Heyman of the New York Post had in mind.
According to his sources, Ohtani doesn’t like hitting at Dodger Stadium. Some hitters don’t since the cool marine air prevents the ball from carrying — especially later in the year. Unless Andrew Friedman re-signs J.D. Martinez, the Dodgers need a reliable DH next season. Ohtani will give the Dodgers this, and he has the possibility of being either a good starting pitcher or a closer in the 2025 season.
Signing Ohtani makes sense for the Dodgers if Ohtani wants to be a Dodger. Rumors say he wants to have a perennial winner, preferably on the West Coast. The Dodgers fit his desires.
The Dodgers should have a formidable starting rotation during the 2024 season, barring a not foreseen injury. If Clayton Kershaw wants to return, the Dodgers will welcome him with open arms. After having his second Tommy John surgery in August 2022, Walker Buehler will be healthy in the 2024 season.
After what both Bobby Miller, Emmet Sheehan, and Ryan Pepiot have done in the 2023 season, they deserve spots in the Dodger starting rotation. Both Michael Grove and Kyle Hurt may earn spots in the rotation. The Dodgers may exercise an inexpensive option on Lance Lynn as an insurance policy.
The Dodgers will express interest in Ohtani, but the ultimate decision to become a Dodger will be up to Ohtani.
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