Checking in on the Dodger Roster

With the winter meeting over, thought it would be prudent to check in on the roster and see where we stand. Below is the 41 man roster, one player will need to go when Joe Kelly is officially added to the 40 man roster. That player will come from the second tier of projected minor league players from 2019. Probably one of Adam McCreery/Yimi Garcia/Josh Sborz.

The Dodgers have 28 projected major league players for 25 spots but only one catcher is on the projected major league roster so whoever they get to team with Barnes is going to be added to the roster putting it at 29. Barring a trade, that leaves four players who will need to start the season in the minors

Right now the Dodgers have a glut of starting pitchers and outfielders. In a best-case scenario, they move Matt Kemp to free salary and a roster space, but that still leaves them with many more moves to make.

With the trade winds still blowing many moves can still be made, but if nothing happens between now and March 1st I would expect the following players to start 2019 in the minors.

Julio Urias, Caleb Ferguson, Alex Verdugo, and Dylan Floro.

Urias will probably be managed in 2019 much as Walker Buehler was in 2018.  Caleb was the Dodgers best left-handed relief pitcher in the 2nd half, but at just 21, he could still be a future starter and it doesn’t take much imagination seeing him start the year in the  AAA rotation. Alex Verdugo is simply stuck. Even if Matt Kemp goes, that doesn’t free up a spot for Verdugo since Kemp was the right-hand platoon partner for Joc Pederson.

There is a reason why in just about every trade scenario the same two names keep showing up. Yasiel Puig and Alex Verdugo. If Puig gets traded the Dodgers free up some money and Verdugo can slot into his spot in RF. If Alex Verdugo gets traded the Dodgers will be trading their top position prospect but hopefully filling out the major league roster with either a catcher, a 2nd baseman, or an upgrade to the rotation.

When I say an upgrade to the rotation, it would have to be an arm like Cory Kluber or Thor because the rotation is brilliant at the top with Buehler/Kershaw and solid in the middle with anyone of Hill/Maeda/Ryu/Wood/Stripling plus eventually Urias/Ferguson/Santana.

Player Name 2019 Position Age Bats Throws
Walker Buehler Majors SP1 23 R R
Clayton Kershaw Majors SP2 30 L L
Rich Hill Majors SP5 38 L L
Kenta Maeda Majors SP5 30 R R
Hyun-Jin Ryu Majors SP5 31 R L
Alex Wood Majors SP5 27 R L
Julio Urias Majors SP5 21 L L
Ross Stripling Majors SP/RP 28 R R
Kenley Jansen Majors Closer 30 S R
Joe Kelly Majors RP 31 R R
Pedro Baez Majors RP 30 R R
Caleb Ferguson Majors SP/RP 21 R L
Scott Alexander Majors RP 28 L L
Tony Cingrani Majors RP 28 L L
Josh Fields Majors RP 32 R R
Dylan Floro Majors RP 27 L R
Austin Barnes Majors Catcher 28 R R
Max Muncy Majors 1st/2nd 27 L R
David Freese Majors 1st/3rd 35 R R
Enrique Hernandez Majors 2nd/OF 26 R R
Corey Seager Majors SS 24 L R
Justin Turner Majors 3rd 33 R R
Chris Taylor Majors OF/2nd/SS 27 R R
Yasiel Puig Majors OF 27 R R
Cody Bellinger Majors CF/1st 22 L L
Joc Pederson Majors OF 26 L L
Matt Kemp Majors OF 33 R R
Alex Verdugo Majors OF 22 L L
Matt Beaty Minors 1st/3rd 25 L R
Edwin Rios Minors 1st/3rd 24 L R
Kyle Farmer Minors C/3rd 27 R R
Keibert Ruiz Minors Catcher 19 S R
Rocky Gale Minors Catcher 30 R R
Andrew Toles Minors OF 26 L R
Adam McCreery Minors RP 25 L L
Josh Sborz Minors RP 24 R R
Brock Stewart Minors RP 26 L R
Yimi Garcia Minors RP 27 R R
J.T. Chargois Minors RP 27 S R
Dennis Santana Minors SP/RP 22 R R
Yadier Alvarez Minors SP/RP 22 R R

 

 

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