Update: Moylan confirmed that he’s joining the Dodgers via Twitter:
I’m also really looking forward to new opportunities with the @dodgers organization.
— Peter Moylan (@PeterMoylan) January 17, 2013
The Dodgers currently have an eight-man starting rotation if all are healthy. Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Josh Beckett are in. Chad Billingsley is the number-five starter if he is able to bounce back from a right elbow injury, and based on his off-season progress reports, there is little reason to believe he can’t. That leaves Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly (also coming back from injury) without a spot in the rotation.
There isn’t room for the triumverate of Capuano, Harang and Lilly in the bullpen either. One could become a long reliever if he’s willing, though all three were effective (if not spectacular) as starters last season when healthy.
In fact, when you break it down, there are probably only two bullpen spots up for grabs in spring training. Assume that Brandon League, Kenley Jansen, Ronald Belisario, Scott Elbert and J.P. Howell are the locks, and the Dodgers employ the usual five starter/seven reliever format. That leaves, realistically, nine pitchers in competition for two spots out of the bullpen (again, if everyone’s healthy).
Which leads us to today’s poll question. Note: You can vote for two.