FAAB Factor - NL: Big Bid on Dee Gordon?
FAAB Factor - NL: Big Bid on Dee Gordon?

This article is part of our NL FAAB Factor series.


National League - FAAB - 3/30/14

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Starting Pitching:

Chad Billingsley/Zach Lee/Paul Maholm, Dodgers- The LA rotation is in a state of flux to start the season. The Dodgers are protecting Clayton Kershaw from himself by placing him on the 15-day DL due to inflammation in his back, though he also felt something his upper back while throwing Saturday, so he may miss more than his start on March 30 and Friday, April 4. Josh Beckett, coming off a nightmarish 2013 campaign that was shut down early as he needed Thoracic Outlet surgery in June, hit his thumb on the clubhouse door in mid-March and will open 2014 on the disabled list but will start in Kershaw's place on April 5 with Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is moving up to start Sunday getting the nod Friday. Billingsley, who had TJS last April, won't be ready to start the season and fill one of those holes, but he could be back in June/July, making him a stash candidate. In that breach, Lee, who posted a 3.22 ERA and 131.35 K:BB ratio in 142.2 innings at Double-A Chattanooga, is a possible option, though he will

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