Three 2022 Dodgers Additions Already with the Team

Supposedly, Major League Baseball and the Players Association are going to meet Thursday to start talking again about their wide and varied interests before getting the 2022 season rolling. We as fans know enough not to hold our collective breath as talks could break down any minute.

And as we are no closer to knowing what free agents the Dodgers could be thinking of signing or any potential trades they might pull off before the start of the season, let’s look at a few players who could make a big impact who didn’t play last season, but are already with the Dodgers.

EDWIN RIOS – Rios has been with the big league team since 2019, but went on the injured list early last May with a shoulder injury. He had successful surgery to repair the partially torn labrum a week later, and should be right on target to start the season healthy.

The corner infielder has been dealing with shoulder issues on and off since college, and now that’s he healthy, should show that power stroke of which Dodgers fans have only gotten glimpses. Rios has 13 home runs in his injury shortened career, but they all have been moonshots with his majestic swing.

With the designated hitter most likely coming to the National League, Rios could definitely see more playing time, both at DH and spelling Justin Turner at third base. A healthy season for Rios would be fun to watch.

TOMMY KAHNLE – Dodger fans have yet to see Kahnle in action, even though he was signed to a two-year, $4.2M deal before the 2021 season. He had undergone Tommy John surgery in July of 2020, and the Dodgers signed him hoping for a big return in 2022.

Jose touched on his possible comeback season in his article on Friday. With the uncertainty of whether either Joe Kelly or Kenley Jansen or neither will return to the Dodgers’ bullpen, and Corey Knebel now with the Phillies, Kahnle can slide into a spot, as a possible set up man to the closer.

Kahnle’s best season was his 2019 season, in which he pitched to a 3.67 ERA, 3.33 FIP and 1.06 WHIP with 88 strikeouts and 20 walks in 61.1 innings over 72 appearances. If he can replicate that, he can make up to $750,000 in bonus money.

CALEB FERGUSON – Joining Kahnle in the Dodgers bullpen should be Ferguson, who is also coming off Tommy John surgery. Caleb underwent his second one in September of 2020, and wanted to return to the team for the playoffs in 2021 but was shut down by the Dodgers.

Ferguson has pitched for the Dodgers for three years, finding his footing as a reliever after not faring well as a starter. In those three seasons, he has a 29.1 percent strikeout rate, and an 8.7 percent walk rate, with 2020 being his best season so far.

Although there is no current timeline for his return, he should be ready to return early in the season if not by Opening Day.

Dodgers Prospect Watch: What Lies Ahead for Michael Busch?

So far this winter, most of our prospect talk has surrounded pitching and catching, which always seems to make up the higher rankings of the Dodgers’ farm. However, with Corey Seager now out of the shortstop picture, some of the emphasis could switch to the middle infield spots, if things ever get rolling again roster-wise.

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Which Dodgers Are Poised for Comebacks in 2022?

We are now in January, the time when the negotiations to end the lockout were supposed to take place. So far, it remains stagnant, even though MLB insider Ken Rosenthal was reportedly let go for his criticism of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

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Thoughts on Major League Baseball and Its Lockdown

We are now about six weeks away from what should be the time when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. However, we don’t seem to be any closer to a resolution between the Players Association and Major League Baseball.

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Dodgers Prospect Watch: Could 2022 See the MLB Debut of Diego Cartaya?

While the MLB roster freeze doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon, many of us continue to speculate how the Dodgers might fill out their roster once the new CBA is in place.

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Dodgers’ Resolutions for the New Year

We have made it to the end of this crazy year, baseball and non baseball involved.

I hope that 2022 brings us better baseball and more prosperity overall.

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Looking Back on the Dodgers 2021 Season with Bright Hope for 2022

Another year has come to a close, and with it memories of what has been tend to creep in. Even though it didn’t end the way Dodger fans wanted it to, it still was a very memorable year.

Aside from the 2020 season, which ended in a championship, this 2021 season will probably be the most memorable for awhile, with all its ups, down, and everything in between.

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Merry Christmas From Think Blue Planning Committee

Merry Christmas to all our readers! To say that 2021 was a roller coaster of a season would be an understatement. The return from the first World Championship in decades saw injuries rip through the roster the whole year, but the team still gave us plenty of excitement with a courageous playoff run.

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Dodgers, Cody Bellinger Reach Deal to Avoid Arbitration

Happy Holidays everyone! We are in the middle of winter, and baseball has essentially taken a pause.

Out of the blue yesterday, Jeff Passan from ESPN reported that the Dodgers and Cody Bellinger had agreed to a one year $17 million contract to avoid arbitration before the original Dec. 1 lockout date.

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Matt Beaty and Chris Taylor Give Back at the Holidays

We’ve arrived at the Winter Solstice, and from now on the days will slowly start to get a little longer, and inch us a little closer to baseball. Hopefully, Major League Baseball and The Players Union also start to work towards a new CBA so baseball doesn’t continue to stay out of our reach.

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