Several starting pitching options are set to hit free agency this winter and the Dodgers are sure to be in the mix to improve their rotation.
LA’s battered pitching staff ultimately ended their season earlier than anyone anticipated after a dismal NLDS showing against Arizona.
One of the best arms available to LA and other teams will be Yoshinobu Yamamoto who comes from Japan as the marquee name on the international market this winter. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that Yamamoto is “high on the Dodgers’ wish list.”
Japanese right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto, 25, also is high on the Dodgers’ wish list, along with the New York Yankees and Mets.via Bob Nightengale, USA Today
Yamamoto dominated in the NPB this season over 171 innings of work to the tune of a 1.71 ERA and 176 strikeouts.
The 2023 season capped an insane run from the Orix Buffalo as in each of the two previous seasons, the starter tossed over 190 innings with over 200 strikeouts and a sub-2 ERA.
Less milage on his arm only makes him more attractive to several teams who could use a frontline starter to aid their rotations.
The Dodgers should be chief among these suitors after their lackluster rotation finally caught up to them at the worst possible time.
Such poor showings from each man doomed LA from the start as Dave Roberts’ hitting core failed to come from behind in any of the three losses they suffered.
Rotation help is very much needed in LA and Andrew Friedman would be wise to dip into the international pool once again for such a fix.
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