Dodgers Free Agency Rumors: Ongoing Interest In Lucas Giolito

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are continuing their active offseason following a pair of impact moves to bolster their roster ahead of the 2024 season by acquiring Shohei Ohtani and Tyler Glasnow.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto is still on the Dodgers’ list of priorities with the free agent starter discussing contracts with multiple interested teams. Offers are said to be pushing the $300 million range, and teams also have to factor in the posting fee required upon signing.

Aside from Yamamoto, the Dodgers could turn to Jordan Montgomery, Shōta Imanaga, or the bevy of options on the market. Lucas Giolito is still on president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman’s radar, with other teams also keeping tabs on the Southern California native, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post:

The Red Sox, Royals and Dodgers are in on Lucas Giolito, and the Mets have checked in, as well.

Giolito posted a 4.88 ERA across starts for the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Guardians. He remains a rebound candidate after performing like an ace from 2019-to-2021.

The Dodgers have been known to revitalize careers and Giolito would be one of the most intriguing they could get their hands on. Still just 29-years-old, he’s show the ability to stay healthy, eclipsing at least 170 innings pitched in four of his last five full regular seasons.

Giolito will probably have offers for multiple years from around the league, but the Dodgers remain a spot in which they could possibly land him on a one-year deal so he can maximize on his overall value the following season.

How does the Dodgers rotation currently shape out without Lucas Giolito?

The Dodgers currently have Glasnow, Bobby Miller, Walker Buehler, Emmet Sheehan and some combination of Ryan Yarbrough, Michael Grove, Gavin Stone, Kyle Hurt, Nick Frasso and Landon Knack as their starting five.

With Shohei Ohtani unable to pitch in 2024, their aggressiveness in the starting pitching market is necessary with the uncertainty at the backend. Buehler is coming off his second Tommy John surgery, Miller just threw his first Major League season, and Sheehan will have tempered usage.

The Dodgers could still use a front-of-the-rotation starter, in addition to some depth or an innings-eater type for the backend of their rotation.

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