GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to trade for a starting pitcher before the start of the regular season, but the conversations they’ve had with other teams haven’t gone far. Now, they’re prepared to ride out Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury by plugging in one of their internal options, probably Joe Wieland, the pitcher they acquired from the San Diego Padres in the Matt Kemp deal.
“We’ve been looking for starting pitching depth all offseason and that’s kind of continued into camp,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said. “This is just a hard time to go out there and acquire starting pitching depth. We’re fielding calls from teams that are asking us about our starting pitching depth, so there aren’t a lot of starting pitching sellers right now.”
If Ryu is out for a month or less, the Dodgers feel perfectly prepared to weather the storm. Because of open dates, they would need just three fill-in starts between Opening Day, April 6, and May 5.