CHAD BILLINGSLEY, 28, starting pitcher
Final 2012 stats: 10-9, 3.55 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 45 walks and 128 strikeouts in 149 2/3 innings.
Contract status: Entering second year of a three-year, $35-million contract.
The good: Showed some better control. Walks were down almost one per nine innings compared with previous season. Pitched well on the road (7-5, 2.93 ERA). Before injuring elbow in last start on Aug. 19, had a six-game stretch where he went 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA, holding opponents to a .197 batting average. People were getting excited, again.
The bad: Before that hot stretch, he was 4-9 with a 4.30 ERA and looking a little lost. People were thinking it was the same ol' inconsistent Billingsley. Season ended with an elbow injury the Dodgers thought might require Tommy John surgery, but apparently it will not be necessary.
What’s next: A lot of crossing of the fingers. Billingsley is in camp in Arizona, rehabbing and conditioning the elbow. The last report was that he was throwing off the mound without pain.