Wednesday, February 20, 2013
LA surplus could hurt Lohse
By Doug Mittler
We mentioned previously that the Los Angeles Dodgers could be more inclined to trade a starting pitcher such as Chris Capuano if Chad Billinglsey is healthy.
In Wednesday’s blog, ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney connects the dots, theorizing that the Dodgers’ surplus of starting pitching could hurt the chances of free agent Kyle Lohse getting a lucrative deal.
Agent Scott Boras could be biding his time in anticipation of a major injury , as was the case last year when an injury to Victor Martinez created an opening for Prince Fielder in Detroit. “But teams that suffer an injury to a starting pitcher this spring also have another option: They can simply pick up the phone and call L.A. to ask about Chris Capuano or one of their other available starter,” Olney writes. “Lohse is a better option, but he'll also be more expensive, and this time of year, there are few dollars available.”
Multiple teams invariably need an extra arm as the season approaches, and Boras is counting on that.