Kemp pivotal in presaging mostly set LA roster

LOS ANGELES — Matt Kemp or no Matt Kemp? That is a many confusing doubt when perplexing to envision a Dodgers’ Opening Day 25-man register this year.

Pitchers and catchers news to Spring Training subsequent week, though Kemp total to shortly be a stay focal indicate after his startling winter merger in a income barter with a Braves. Although government has done no tip it wants to trade Kemp, a $43.5 million remaining on his agreement creates that unlikely.

Trimmed down after a severe offseason, Kemp will news with a probability of creation a bar as a left fielder. That would supplement a right-handed energy bat to an already low batting order, though it would mystify an already swarming outfield and make it that many worse for Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson or Alex Verdugo to mangle with a club.

Video: PIT@LAD: Toles jumps during a wall to sack McCutchen

Otherwise, a starting revolution and infield are set, with a many strong foe in a bullpen, generally with a handful of contenders jockeying to reinstate over giveaway representative Brandon Morrow in a primary setup role.

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Unlike final spring, when a Dodgers had 9 pivotal players entrance off injuries, they seem healthier during this point. Toles contingency infer he’s sound after vital knee surgery, reliever Yimi Garcia is reportedly prepared after Tommy John surgery, and lefty Adam Liberatore is healed from a bad bend strain. Pitcher Julio Urias is not approaching to be diversion prepared until midseason following final summer’s shoulder surgery.


Austin Barnes, Yasmani Grandal. Barnes emerged as a postseason starter by outplaying Grandal down a stretch, though Grandal has a combined proclivity of tentative giveaway agency. A crew is a expected result.

Video: Yasmani Grandal is a No. 4 catcher right now

First base

Cody Bellinger. After roughly one full large joining season, Bellinger’s a superstar. He bulked adult in a winter to equivocate a dreaded sophomore slump.

Second base

Logan Forsythe, Chase Utley. Forsythe was an descent disappointment, nonetheless a bar picked adult his option. If a bat doesn’t awaken, Chris Taylor could pierce in from core to reinstate him. Meanwhile, giveaway representative Utley isn’t on a bar yet, though there’s a reason he was operative out during Dodger Stadium this winter.

Third base

Justin Turner. The maestro Turner is a finish package: Clutch hitter, ironclad defender, silently plays hurt, a hall presence.

Video: Outlook: Turner continues to make descent strides


Corey Seager. The usually doubt is either he can stay healthy as an oversized shortstop.


Enrique Hernandez, Trayce Thompson. Hernandez can play all over a solid and can strike any maladroit pitcher. Thompson is healthy, can play core margin and is out of options.


Yasiel Puig, Taylor, Pederson, Kemp. Puig starts in right, Taylor in center, afterwards it gets fuzzy. Kemp’s defensive decrease creates him a left fielder with retreat descent splits, so if he starts opposite righties, when would Pederson, Toles or Verdugo play? Toles could make a bar if he’s healthy, though that was a critical injury.

Video: Outlook: Taylor might not compare 2017 statistics


Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu. No surprises here, though Walker Buehler is watchful in a wings if a bar can keep him healthy. The same was pronounced a year ago with Urias, though he harmed his shoulder.


Kenley Jansen, Scott Alexander, Tony Cingrani, Tom Koehler, Pedro Baez, Josh Fields, Ross Stripling. In theory, Alexander proves to be an ascent from Luis Avilan and Koehler becomes a subsequent Morrow, a fastball personification adult for a starter-turned-reliever. Baez is a furious label as always, while Edward Paredes is a dark-horse candidate.

Ken Gurnick has lonesome a Dodgers for given 2001.

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