3 more starting pitching targets for Dodgers after GM Brandon Gomes’ comments

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The Dodgers have been this offseason's biggest spenders by a margin of over $500 million, and it doesn't seem like they have plans to pump the brakes anytime soon. That number is obviously inflated because of Shohei Ohtani, but he was the first domino to fall so everything else could unfold.

After extending Tyler Glasnow on a five-year, $136 million deal, Dodgers general manager Brandon Gomes reaffirmed the team's commitment to finding starting pitching. This was sort of stating the obvious because the Dodgers have been aggressive in their pursuit of Yoshinobu Yamamoto (whose market is ballooning by the hour) and have expressed interest in a number of still-available free agents, most of whom are likely waiting on a Yamamoto decision before signing the dotted line.

Even if the Dodgers do get Yamamoto, their rotation could still do with at least one, maybe even two more arms — one to fill out the rotation and another to form a contingency plan if Walker Buehler, who will be coming off of his second Tommy John, and/or Tyler Glasnow, who has never pitched over 120 innings in a single season in his career, become indisposed. Where should the Dodgers start looking?

3 more starting pitching targets for Dodgers after GM Brandon Gomes’ comments

Lucas Giolito

The Dodgers have already expressed interest in Giolito this offseason, and they should try to sign him whether or not they get Yamamoto. Despite a decline in performance after his three consecutive Cy Young vote-getting years from 2019-2021, Giolito gave the White Sox 121 solid innings in 2023 with a 3.79 ERA before being traded twice to close out the season. He struggled in LA with the Angels and then in Cleveland, where he ended the year with the Guardians. However, in one of his last starts, he pitched seven innings and only gave up two hits and a walk while striking out 12. Granted, his next three weren't great, but he clearly is still capable of real proficiency on the mound and the Dodgers still seem willing to work with him.

More importantly, Giolito would also be an innings eater. Disregarding the COVID year, he has pitched more than 160 innings in every season since 2018 and started a career-high 33 games in 2023, his age-29 season. He's younger than Glasnow and seemingly less breakable, and although the Dodgers would have to work on him a bit to facilitate a bounce back, he does seem both willing and capable of doing so. Another plus? He can be had on the cheap.