CHAD BILLINGSLEY, 29, starting pitcher
Final 2013 stats: 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, .286 opponent batting average, 4.5 strikeouts per nine innings in all of two starts.
Contract status: One season left on his three-year deal for $12 million. Dodgers have an option for 2015 at $14 million, with a $3 million buyout.
The good: Hey, he tried. Anyway, that was supposed to be the good news.
Things looked fairly promising in
The bad: If Billingsley had elected to have the surgery when he first tore the ligament, he might have rejoined the Dodgers at mid-season and been part of their postseason. Instead, it was a lost year.
What's next: His rehab is reportedly going well, though everyone is being very careful not to proclaim when he will be back. Originally, the Dodgers were talking April, though now May is heard a lot.
The take: If the Dodgers knew that Billingsley could return to his All-Star form, they would not have to consider going after Masahiro Tanaka or
The trouble is, they can’t be sure exactly how well he (and