Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times that the team is going to seriously look into available starting pitchers this offseason:
"I would say a starting pitcher is what we’re seriously going to have to look at," Colletti said. "We don’t know what we’re going to get from either players who are either recuperating right now or looking at surgery. We can’t wait until we find out something that you can’t adjust to."
Entering the winter, the Dodgers’ starting rotation would appear to be fairly set. The team has pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang under team control for 2013.
However, Dilbeck notes that Lilly is coming off arthroscopic shoulder surgery which shortened his 2012 season. Los Angeles also isn’t sure if Billingsley will require Tommy John surgery over the offseason.
If LA decides to be proactive and hedge their bets by adding a starter this winter, they have several free agents to choose from. The top arm on the market is Zack Greinke, and while you can’t count the Dodgers out on any player these days, Chairman Mark Walters hinted last week that the club is unlikely to spend big on a pitcher.
If they again go the trade route to acquire a starter, Dilbeck speculates that LA could target Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester or Philadelphia Phillies veteran Cliff Lee.