If the Dodgers end up signing Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu they’ll have a rotation logjam and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes that the “most likely” starters to be shopped for a trade are Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.
Because the timing of a potential trade may depend on the health status of Ted Lilly and Chad Billingsley a move is far from guaranteed, but by bidding $25.7 million for the right to negotiate with Ryu the Dodgers have definitely set themselves up as one of the few teams with veteran starting pitching to spare.
Capuano logged 198 innings with a 3.72 ERA and 162/54 K/BB ratio this year at age 33 and he’s owed $6 million in 2013 with an $8 million option or $1 million buyout for 2014. Harang had a 3.61 ERA and 131/85 K/BB ratio in 180 innings this year at age 34 and he’s owed $7 million in 2013 with a mutual option for $7-8 million or a $2 million buyout for 2014.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.