After the addition of Vicente “Gunsmoke” Padilla, Ned Colletti said that it was unlikely that the Dodgers would sign another starter. Why would they want another starter? If they can’t get a 5th starter from this list, then they should just quit: Charlie Haeger, Scott Elbert, Eric Stults and Carlos Monasterios. I won’t stoop to including Russ Ortiz in that list, although I imagine he’s got a real long-shot at it. I think it will boil down to Stults and Haeger, but you never know what can happen in the Spring.
What are the odds that Padilla has a better year than Wolf? Pretty good, I predict! Padilla has every reason in the world to act right, train hard, pitch good and step up. If he wins 12-15 games with a sub 4.00 ERA, he’ll be in line for a bigger payoff next year. It is in situtaions such as this that starters like Padilla can put up their “career year.”
It appears to me that James McDonald is going to pitch out of the pen this year. I thought that there might be chance that Troncoso would be given a shot at starting, but with the wave of youngsters we have at A headed to AA and beyond (Withrow, Martin, Miller, Eovaldi, Gould and others), McDonald, Troncoso and even Lindblom could be slotted as relievers.
George Sherrill is still a candidate to be moved – probably in the Summer when someone needs a closer.
As for me, I’m rooting for Eric Stults. Indiana Boys have to stick together.