The Los Angeles Dodgers search to shore up their pitching continues. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Dodgers are showing interest in free agent right-handed pitcher Anibal Sanchez.
He pitched quite well in the postseason, despite a record of 1-2. He did have an ERA of 1.77 with 18 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings over three starts.
The Tigers made it all the way to the World Series, where they were swept away by the San Francisco Giants. Sanchez was the losing pitcher in game, pitching seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out eight.
Sanchez would bolster the Dodgers pitching rotation that currently includes ace Clayton Kershaw, Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley, Chris Capuano, Ted Lilly and Aaron Harang. Billingsley and Lilly are big question marks due to injury.
Billingsley’s recovery from an elbow injury is progressing nicely and it is believed that he will be able to avoid the dreaded Tommy John surgery. However, the Dodgers will still likely proceed with caution with him.
Lilly is recovering from shoulder surgery and it is doubtful he will provide any contribution for the Dodgers next season.
That leaves Capuano and Harang. They both posted solid stats last season, but it is no secret that Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti would like to upgrade the back-end of their rotation.