Los Angeles is in pursuit of starting pitching depth and is not afraid to add a top of the rotation starter. The Dodgers are seeking a middle of the rotation arm, however according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, would add a big name "in a perfect world."
Through 82 games, the Dodgers' rotation has pitched to a 3.17 ERA, which ranks fifth in the National League. Sitting at 46-36 and in first place in the National League West, the club's rotation has had success. The team's bullpen ERA has posted a 3.41 ERA, which ranks 11th in the National League, and as a result the Dodgers are seeking starters who can pitch deeper into games.
Rosenthal adds it would not be surprising if Los Angeles adds multiple starters because of internal questions with regard to their starting rotation. Brett Anderson has had a history of injuries and as a result, the Dodgers are questioning if he can remain healthy for the remainder of the season. The organization sees both Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger as depth pieces instead of actual starting candidates despite their success in the back of the rotation. Frias has posted a 4.39 ERA and 4.22 FIP over 69.2 innings and Bolsinger has posted a 2.76 ERA and 2.92 FIP through 62.0 innings in 2015.
Although the Dodgers are interested in adding a middle to back end of the rotation arm, acquiring a top of the line starter remains a possibility. Johnny Cueto could make sense for Los Angeles because of his ace status and Scott Kazmir and Cole Hamels might be discussed. However, since Clayton Kershaw has had success, adding another left-handed option to the front of the rotation may not be beneficial.
The Dodgers have been linked to Mets lefty Jon Niese in the past and will likely add a pair of middle of the rotation starters. But if an ace like Cueto is not immediately dealt and becomes affordable, Los Angeles will likely remain interested.