Dodgers: Which free agents should the Dodgers bring back?

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waits to pitch in the first inning of Game 3 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waits to pitch in the first inning of Game 3 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 07: Rich Hill #44 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers in the first inning against the Washington Nationals in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /

One more season of Rich Hill?

When we last saw Rich Hill pitch, he departed game four of the NLDS after only 2 2/3 innings against the Washington Nationals.  Hill will enter free agency and his market should be relatively small if he even garners much interest.  Not only is Rich injury-prone, but he will turn 40 years old before the 2020 season begins.  If he pitches in the big league next season, it will likely with the Dodgers.

For the Dodgers, they have to consider if Hill is worth bringing back for another season.  The Dodgers have plenty of young talented starters such as Julio Urias, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and Dennis Santana.  There are not enough rotation spots for all three and bringing back Hill would only crowd the rotation more.

If Hill is open to a bullpen or swingman type role he could have value as the Dodgers limit innings next season for each of their young starters besides Walker Buehler.  Hill would be a nice depth piece for the rotation but relying on him at age 40 would not be smart and neither would letting him block another young starter’s rotation spot.  If Rich is open to a role switch, the Dodgers should bring him back.

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