The wait until mid-December could be on for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they await the opportunity to sign Masahiro Tanaka from Japan, and it could mean that the team’s rotation is completed, according to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon.
They just signed Dan Haren to a 1-year/$10 million deal, giving them a fourth starter alongside the trio of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu, with two potential candidates in Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett as choices for a fifth starter.
Colletti spoke with reporters following the signing of the Haren deal, stating:
“If something else comes our way, we’ll take a look at it. I’m not going to close the door on any more starters.”
Saxon points out that Beckett will be ready for Spring Training and is set to make $15.75 million in 2014. A similar surgery (thoracic outlet syndrome) forced the St. Louis Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter to retire.
Meanwhile, Billingsley is expected back in May, June at the latest. He compares the Stephen Strasburg recovery to that of Billingsley, whose Tommy John surgery is expected to have a recovery time of 12 to 18 months. He underwent it April 25. Strasburg returned after 13 months.
At this point though it seems as if it’s Tanaka or bust.
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