A string of injuries has kept the Los Angeles Dodgers from capitalizing on what seemed like a wealth of pitching depth this season, and now their starting rotation is an area that needs to be addressed over the winter.
Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer are both free agents, and while they never pitched for the Dodgers last season, so are Danny Duffy and Cole Hamels. Meanwhile, Tony Gonsolin and David Price each faced injuries and inconsistent performance in 2021.
The Dodgers should have an interest in re-signing Kershaw and Scherzer, but retaining the latter may prove more unlikely and force the team to look elsewhere to start pitching.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Dodgers are among the teams interested in Andrew Heaney:
The quiet period ends at 5pm today and if you’re looking for a quick sign in this market, keep an eye out for Andrew Heaney. Many teams looking for the next Robbie Ray and Heaney have struck out 27 percent of hitters. To listen #Dodgers #Blue jays #nationals #StLCards among those interested
– Joel Sherman (@ Joelsherman1) November 7, 2021
Heaney’s signing would represent some sort of reunion as the Dodgers acquired the southpaw in a trade with the Miami Marlins in December 2014. However, Heaney’s time with the organization lasted almost a few hours as he was then traded to LA. Angels for Howie Kendrick.
Heaney stayed with the Angels until he was sent to the New York Yankees on the trade deadline last season.
Heaney had an 8-9 combined with a 5.83 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 30 games (23 starts) for the clubs. The No. 9 pick in the 2012 draft struggled to join the Yankees’ rotation and was transferred to the relieving pen.
It still didn’t produce many positive results, which prompted the Yankees to opt for Heaney in their Rookie-level affiliate at the end of September and he wasn’t with the team during the playoffs.
Heaney was nominated for an assignment in the first week of October and elected as a free agent rather than accepting an outright Minor League assignment.
Dodgers focused on pitching
Given the landscape of their current roster, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has acknowledged that the pitching pitch will be a focal point this offseason, whether through free agency or exchanges. potentials.
Friedman added that the club would be prepared to hire any free agents who might consider signing before the current MLB collective agreement (CBA) expires at 8:59 p.m. PT on December 1 and that a any lock-out does not take effect.
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