As the offseason gets started, everyone knows that the Dodgers have a clear need in their starting rotation. It doomed them this year, and the hope is that the team will be aggressive in fixing the issue this coming offseason.
LA likely needs to bring in at least two starting pitchers this offseason, preferably one front-line guy and one lower-tier one. They have to fill out the rotation this winter and make it a strength of theirs once again.
One pitcher who could serve as another reclamation project for the Dodgers is former St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles starter Jack Flaherty. MLB insider Jim Bowden of The Athletic linked LA with Flaherty, and the pairing could work out well together.
“Contract prediction: One year, $10 million with incentives: Jack Flaherty finished an uneven season with an 8-9 record and a 4.99 ERA over 27 starts and two relief appearances. It was his first year with more than 15 starts since 2019, when he finished fourth in the NL Cy Young Award voting. The Orioles acquired Flaherty from the Cardinals at the trade deadline, but he was hit hard with Baltimore, going 1-3 with a. 6.75 ERA and 1.673 WHIP. He’ll probably have to sign a one-year “pillow contract” with incentives and hope he can rediscover his old form, then go back on the free-agent market next offseason.”Per Jim Bowden of The Athletic
Flaherty was one of the better pitchers in the game just a few years ago, and maybe the Dodgers can work their magic on him. We’ve seen it plenty of times over the years, and Flaherty likely knows this fact.
He is from Southern California, so it probably wouldn’t be that difficult to persuade him to return. This could be his chance to help bolster the Dodgers pitching staff and play for his hometown team if he is interested in that.
Sometimes going home can be an issue, so Flaherty will need to weigh that option. But the Dodgers would gladly take him on a one-year prove-it type of contract.
His stuff can be electric on the mount still, and he is still only 28 years old. This could be the anti-Noah Syndergaard signing, and hopefully, this one would work out in the Dodgers favor.
They could do a lot worse than Flaherty, and it feels like there is a good chance of them landing him. He needs to get his value around the league up, and the Dodgers are the perfect team to help with that.
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