The Dodgers are going to need some help with their starting pitching. As of right now, they have Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw cemented as the top 2 for the rotation. Julio Urias will likely come in as the third, but they don’t have a clear-cut number 4 and 5 for the season.
After signing Freddie Freeman to a massive 6-year deal, it’s unclear what the Dodgers will do on the market for a starter. A lot of that depends on the status of Trevor Bauer, who is still under administrative leave from Major League Baseball.
But the Dodgers did add to that depth yesterday, signing LHP Danny Duffy to a one-year deal. Per Robert Murray, that deal will also include an option for the 2023 season as well. Duffy came to Los Angeles last year via trade, though he never played a game with the team.
Free-agent pitcher Danny Duffy in agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year deal with an option, pending physical, according to a source familiar with the situation. First to mention talks: @Feinsand.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) March 18, 2022
Duffy was acquired even though he had suffered a flexor strain, eventually needing surgery to repair it. He is expected to be out until at least June, and the Dodgers will be in no hurry to bring him back too fast. But the addition of him late in the year could be very beneficial to the team, especially as playoffs come around.
At his best, Duffy was lights out for Kansas City. He put up a 2.51 ERA for the Royals before being traded, striking out close to 10 per 9 innings pitched.