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We knew the Dodgers' rotation was risky. When Scott Kazmir is your second most-reliable starter, then there is no other way to describe it, even with Clayton Kershaw fronting the whole thing. It's now March 4, days into spring training games being played, and the Dodgers are already down three starters. You knew their depth would be tested, but tested with such immediacy? That wasn't part of the plan.
Brett Anderson received and accepted the qualifying offer after his first healthy season since his rookie campaign in 2009. He will now miss 3-5 months after undergoing back surgery. We've literally never seen Anderson healthy in back-to-back years, and this was a recurrence of a past back injury that required surgery. He joins Hyun-jin Ryu, who already felt discomfort in his surgically repaired throwing shoulder after a bullpen session even though he hasn't pitched since the 2014 postseason, and Brandon McCarthy, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn't expected back until mid-season, as starters who could begin the season on the DL.
The Dodgers still have starters, but it's a group that includes Kazmir -- who faded down the stretch, has a lengthy injury history, and hasn't thrown 200 innings since 2007 -- as well as Kenta Maeda, who signed arguably the most team-friendly deal since the concept was invented thanks to concerns over his elbow. This leaves out the questions about just how good he'll be in his transition to MLB, too -- Maeda isn't in the same tier of pitcher as fellow NPB imports such as Yu Darvish or Masahiro Tanaka, with many believing he's a mid-rotation arm at best. Last, there's Alex Wood, who either had a down year or had reality catch up to him in 2015. The Dodgers aren't doomed, far from it, but this is an inauspicious start in a division that was already expected to be competitive.
- The Brewers are hosting a press conference on Friday, one that should finally shed some light on the Hank the Dog conspiracy that's been stewing all week.
- There are 11 different genres of baseball photos from Photo Day, and we've covered them all.
- The Yankees intend to cut payroll in the coming years, because the team generating the most revenue isn't even close to the most profitable.
- Cameron Maybin's return to form in 2015 was welcome, but 2016 is already off to a poor start as he'll miss four-to-six weeks with a fractured left wrist.
- Mets on the Menu is a look at the more delicious side of the Mets' roster. Mmhm, Lucas Gouda.
- Avisail Garcia has a new stance, and the White Sox are hoping that means they have a new Avisail Garcia.
- Robinson Cano finally spoke up about Andy Van Slyke and last summer's weird, line-crossing comments.
- Billy Beane said it himself, so you can believe that the A's are exploring a long-term contract extension for outfielder Josh Reddick. Reddick is a free agent at year's end, and could probably do pretty well in a weak free agent market, but shouldn't cost so much that Oakland has to let him walk, either.