MLB: Ranking the Top 7 Starting Rotations in Baseball

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3- Los Angeles Dodgers- Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly

Feb 28, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers made a ton of noise last season and into this offseason with all the money they’ve spent, but their best player was with the club far before they started shelling out the big bucks.

Clayton Kershaw has to be the favorite going into the 2013 season for the NL CY Young. He is the best starting pitcher in the NL but there is a small concern with the way his hip betrayed him at the end of last season.

Joining him in Hollywood and playing the $159 million dollar Robin to Kershaw’s Batman is former Brewer ace Zack Greinke. The Dodgers stopped at nothing in outbidding the Texas Rangers for the star pitcher and it’s easy to see why: last season, in both Milwaukee and Anaheim, Greinke’s line was 15-5, an ERA or 3.48 with 200 strikeouts.

The Dodgers also showed off their financial muscle by signing Hyun-Jin Ryu in a big risk, big reward deal before ever seeing him pitch.

Rounding out the rotation for the Boys in Blue will be former ace Chad Billingsley and whoever is the winner of the spring training battle between Ted Lilly, Aaron Harang, and Chris Capuano. Most likely one of the three will be traded and the other stashed in Triple A but perhaps the scariest thing about the Dodgers is if one of their starters struggle or is hurt, they have the money to go out and get Johan Santana from the Mets.