Manager Dave Roberts pronounced his bar indispensable a “change in expel members” this offseason.
A.J. Pollock, Joe Kelly and Russell Martin are incoming, with Manny Machado, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Yasmani Grandal and Alex Wood among a outgoing. The Dodgers’ open questions core on a health of shortstop Corey Seager and closer Kenley Jansen.
Here’s a initial demeanour during a probable Opening Day roster.
Catcher (2): Martin, Austin Barnes
Both have copiousness to infer — Martin (36 on Friday), after his fire-sale trade behind to a Dodgers, and Barnes, entrance off a awful descent season. Neither has Grandal’s bat, though there’s some-more to throwing than attack homers and representation framing.
First bottom (2): Max Muncy, David Freese
The Dodgers know what they’re removing from Freese, who torments maladroit pitching. Nobody approaching Muncy to strike 35 homers after commencement final deteriorate in a Minor Leagues, and nobody knows if he can do anything like that again.
Second bottom (1): Chris Taylor
He fell good brief of his 2017 dermatitis final season, though reuniting with attack guru Robert Van Scoyoc is promising, and Taylor’s defensive flexibility is underappreciated.
Third bottom (1): Justin Turner
Just keep him healthy. A.J. Ellis called Turner a “heart and soul” of a bar 3 years ago, and he wasn’t wrong.
Shortstop (1): Seager
It’s still iffy that he’s prepared for Opening Day after bend and hip operations, though he gets a advantage of a doubt until he’s ruled out. Taylor and Enrique Hernandez can fill in.
Outfield (4): Cody Bellinger, Pollock, Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo
Much is indispensable from Pollock, a pivotal offseason acquisition, starting with good health. Even with him, a outfield looks flattering maladroit though Kemp and Puig, though Taylor and Hernandez will uncover adult there frequently.
Utility (1): Hernandez
Roberts pronounced Hernandez, who posted an .806 OPS, was one of a many profitable players on a bar final year given he can play anywhere.
Starting pitcher (5): Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenta Maeda
As good as it would have been to supplement Corey Kluber, this stays a deepest revolution in a league.
Relief pitcher (8): Jansen, Kelly, Pedro Baez, Ross Stripling, Scott Alexander, Tony Cingrani, Julio Urias, Caleb Ferguson
Kelly is a poignant upgrade. The large doubt is Jansen, entrance off heart medicine and vowing that he’ll take Spring Training severely after final spring’s ill-conceived light schedule.
Here is a initial demeanour during a probable Opening Day roster.
Ken Gurnick has lonesome a Dodgers for MLB.com given 2001.