Old news to us Dodgers fans, but Buster Olney points out that the Dodgers need a couple more starters, stat (insider only):
1. Dodgers, No. 4 and No. 5 starters. If the season started today, L.A.'s rotation would be Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda and … well, they are looking for help. They've got some young internal candidates, but continue to hang in the conversations for veterans. The perception of some agents is that the Dodgers -- who are in nickel-counting mode because of the impending divorce of the McCourts -- want to wait until they wade through their mass of arbitration cases and get a clearer picture of exactly how many pennies they can spend on starting pitching.
In fact this is the "biggest hole" Olney mentions that needs filling, across all MLB teams. That makes me feel a lot better, indeed. But if you believe ESPN's Rumor Central that oft-mentioned Dodger target Joel Pineiro is "...believed to be looking for three years at a salary right around what the Milwaukee Brewers gave Randy Wolf, which is more than $9 million per season," you've gotta guess that Pineiro isn't a reasonable option.
Dylan Hernadez at the LAT says the Dodgers are interested in Noah Lowry, who hasn't pitched since 2007 and has had two surgeries in 2008 alone. Eric Stephen over at TBLA invokes biblical references to underline the apocalyptic (okay, maybe not that bad, but still) implications of chasing a pitcher "who isn't very good." Hey, it's not like the Dodgers don't have a track record of doing this, anyway.
I regret losing Randy Wolf more and more each day. Maybe we can use a three-man rotation all season long?