I’ve written a few posts this off-season about the makeup of the Dodgers’ starting staff, basically referring to the lack of experience and depth. In the past week, Ned has gone the other extreme, signing every out-of-work cast-off he could find.
This characterization does not include Randy Wolf, who is a capable starter, and should fit well as the number four or five starter. His one prior year with the Dodgers started well, but ended early due to injury, but given his effectiveness and history, I felt then he should have been re-signed despite his missing half of that 2007 season. He was decent last year with a bad Padre team, and then went 6-2 down the stretch with Houston.
The same cannot be said for the other two out-of-work re-treads signed this week, neither of whom saw the majors last year – Jeff Weaver and Eric Milton. Milton was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in Triple-A last year, and Weaver, who went 7-13 with a 6.20 ERA with Seattle in 2007, sat out last season altogether. The chances of either making the team and contributing are below minimal, but the cost is low, and who knows, it might be worth the gamble.
Meanwhile, there appears to be no progress with Manny, and Adam Dunn is off the boards.