Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
If the Los Angeles Dodgers are able to reach an agreement with Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, it would allow the team to trade a starting pitcher, most like Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang.
If the Los Angeles Dodgers are able to reach an agreement with Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, it would allow the team to trade a starting pitcher, most like Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang, reports Ken Gurnick of MLB.com:
The signing of Ryu would allow a trade -- most likely of Harang or Capuano -- once the team is satisfied that Lilly had recovered from shoulder surgery or Billingsley had avoided Tommy John elbow surgery after suffering a partially torn ligament.
The Dodgers entered the offseason with several veteran starters under contract for the 2013 season, including Harang, Capuano, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly, Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett. Even so, Los Angeles is in the market for starting pitching given the health concerns surrounding Billingsley and Lilly.
If the Dodgers sign Ryu and become satisfied with the health statuses of Billingsley and Lilly they could look to trade Capuano or Harang.
Both pitchers were signed to free agent contracts last winter and went on to make at least 30 starts for the Dodgers. Harang, 34, maintained an ERA of 3.61 over 31 starts spanning 179 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old Capuano posted an ERA of 3.72 over 33 starts spanning 198 1/3 innings.