The Los Angeles Dodgers have plenty of options to fill David Price’s spot in the rotation.
As the Los Angeles Dodgers return to Dodger Stadium to prepare for a season unlike any in major league baseball history, there are plenty of questions surrounding player safety and health. It has created an uncomfortable situation for teams and players as they try to navigate through a 60-game schedule amid a global pandemic.
There are things bigger than sports. That is why you are seeing players balance the desire to return to play with the appropriate caution in considering the well-being of their families.
However, even with uncertainty ahead, it appears baseball will be played this season. And for all of the questions about keeping players safe from the spread of the novel coronavirus, on the baseball field, there aren’t many questions left for manager Dave Roberts to answer in terms of filling out his lineup card. He has been given a roster of incredible depth by president Andrew Friedman.
But as news broke on Saturday afternoon that David Price will opt out of the 2020 season, a new question emerges: Who will take his place in the starting rotation?
Roberts has made clear that despite the compressed schedule and start-and-stop nature to the season, he will still use a traditional 5-man rotation. The starting rotation seemed to be set in stone by the time the season was put on pause due to the virus: Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and David Price would represent the top three starters, and Julio Urías and Alex Wood would fill out the back of the rotation.
With Price deciding to stay home, who are the candidates to take his place?