2. David Price and Julio Urias are the most over-qualified fourth and fifth starters in recent history
There is the possibility of the Los Angeles Dodgers trading David Price in a salary dump deal, and there certainly are teams that should be interested in Price. However, if the Dodgers have no intent of saving any money over the luxury tax threshold, then Price becomes the most over-qualified fourth guy in the league.
Seriously. David Price would be the second-best pitcher on most staffs in the league and would even be the best pitcher on some of the worst teams in the league. He is a former Cy Young winner, after all.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have exceptional talent at 4 and 5.
The Dodgers are not going to get prime Price. However, they are getting a guy who is extremely fresh (having not played in 2020) and is pitching in the National League for the first time in his career on a team that historically maximizes starting pitchers (see: Zack Greinke).
Then there is Julio Urias. Urias’ tenure with the team has been up and down, but he become a Dodger legend for his performance out of the bullpen in the NLCS and World Series — though he should be starting in 2021.
It was not long ago that Urias was the best pitching prospect in the sport and he really has not gotten an extended chance at being a starter. Despite that, Urias still has a career 3.20 ERA.
It might seem like hopeful thinking to predict Urias to have a sub-3.00 ERA, but all of the signs are there. He has the stuff to be successful, has really good statcast numbers and is still only 24 years old! He is as young as Walker Buehler was in 2019.
But it does not stop there.