After signing Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda on consecutive days, the Dodgers’ five-man rotation to enter the season looks like this:
Hyun-Jin Ryu has said that he expects to be ready to join the rotation by Opening Day, so he could supplant Wood.
Essentially, the Dodgers have eight options for the five Opening Day rotation spots.
Later in the season, however, at least two more options will likely emerge. Brandon McCarthy should be back around the All-Star break from Tommy John surgery. Top prospect Julio Urias (who will likely be ranked in the top five in all of baseball heading into next year) finished the season with a pair of outings in Triple-A, so it’s possible he proves ready by midseason.
Maeda, 27, was 97-67 with a 2.39 ERA in eight seasons in Japan’s top league. His best year was in 2012, but he was pretty stellar last season too, going 15-8 with a 2.09 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 175 strikeouts in 206 1/3 innings.
Deal is an incentive laden 5 year contract, according to one report.
Dodgers sign LHSP Kazmir who is better against righties than lefties.
Utilityman. “The switch-hitter has generally even career splits from both sides of the plate, though he performed significantly better against righties in 2015”
Leaving only 12 forwards, with no others ready, it seems like a salary cap move to me. Every day you don’t have someone on the NHL roster gives you a little bit more salary cap room. I think he’ll be called back up before the next game.
Stan Kasten speaks about the recent criticism. He has a great response. http://www.dodgersnation.com/dodgers-kasten-speaks-about-offseason-criticism/2015/12/22/