Houston Astros on the Open Market
C Robinson Chirinos– While Chirinos has a little bit of pop, he needs to be a starting catcher, and that is not something he could be for the Dodgers as long as Will Smith is around.
C Martín Maldonado– While the Dodgers could have had him back up in 2019, Russell Martin was a nice blast from the past. Maldonado is one the best defenders in the game though, with double-digit home run seasons in two of the last three seasons.
RHP Gerrit Cole– He would fit perfectly as an ace complement to Walker Buehler. Case closed.
RHP Will Harris– At 6’4, the 35-year old former All-Star had a 1.50 ERA this season with more than strikeout per inning. He could be a nice set-up man to replace Joe Kelly as someone who actually can throw high leverage innings. After facing 42 batters in high leverage situations, he had allowed just eight hits, only one of which being a home run. He’d be a great sign.
RHP Collin McHugh– Sure, he had an ERA of 4.70 this season. In a similar number of innings in 2018, McHugh had a 1.99 ERA though, and he has the ability to act as a spot starter as well as coming out the bullpen. McHugh could act as a buy-low with a high ceiling for LA.
RHP Héctor Rondón– At 31 years old, Rondon had the worst strikeout year of his career in 2019, though he had a 3.71 ERA in over 60 innings this season. He’s just Pedro Baez with a slightly longer name, and even less of a fastball.
RHP Joe Smith– One of my favorite relievers as a kid, Smith has been pitching in the big leagues since 2007 with his classic side-arm delivery carrying him all the way through as a righty-killer. He only threw 25 innings in the regular season this year, but he had a sub-2.00 ERA. He could be an intriguing buy-low on a one-year deal for the Dodgers.
LHP Wade Miley– In his best full season since 2012 or 2013, Miley had a sub-4.00 ERA as a full time starter for the Astros this season. The lefty is solid as a depth starter, but the Dodgers alreayd have plenty of those.