Dodgers 25-Man Roster: Jake Peter May Have Already Found a Home

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For many fans of the Dodgers, the biggest haul of the recent six-player deal with the White Sox and Royals right off the top appears to be lefty sinkerballer Scott Alexander. But while Alexander is indeed a much welcomed addition and will no question have a huge impact on the Los Angeles bullpen, utility man Jake Peter could turn out to be the most profitable piece of the entire trade.

All winter long, we’ve been repeatedly discussing the Dodgers’ need for a left-handed hitting middle infielder. The Dodgers filled that requirement with Peter, and if things go well enough in spring camp and during Cactus League play, the 24-year-old Iowa native could be on the fast track to a 25-man roster spot at the beginning of the regular season.

The most baffling part of the entire trade, though, is the fact that the White Sox didn’t move Peter to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft last month, leaving him free for the taking for any MLB club. Even though the Dodgers’ 40-man was full at the time, Andrew Friedman and his troops could have, in theory, somehow made room on the roster, and claimed Peter for a cost of $50,000. However, in that case, Peter would have needed to remain on the Dodgers’ 25-man roster all year, based on the stipulations of being selected in the draft. Regardless, Peter is now a Dodger, and the Los Angeles management team seemingly killed two birds with one stone by also making a huge upgrade to the bullpen in one fell swoop.

Most of the scouting reports available on Peter have him being MLB-ready, both offensively and defensively. He has a plus-arm—fine enough to even handle third base or any of the corner outfield spots, despite his main strengths with the glove coming at the middle infield spots. One profile went as far as labeling him as a “strong defender” at second base, making him a conceivable platoon candidate with Logan Forsythe at the keystone straightaway.

Offensively, Peter owns a career .282/.347/.394 slash line over four full minor league seasons. He posted double digits in long balls last season across two levels of the Sox’ farm, suggesting he has a bit of pop. And he stole 11 bags last year after swiping 31 bases combined in 2015 and 2016, potentially giving the Dodgers some much-needed speed and quickness on the basepaths.

Being the roster-predicting junkies that we are, we have Peter moving into the lead of the bubble/fringe players, with Rob Segedin, Tim Locastro and Max Muncy all promising to battle for the final few position player spots on the 25-man as it stands now.

Please be sure to check back frequently during the coming weeks, as we’ll certainly do our best to discuss any new developments and insight ahead of pitchers and catchers reporting to Camelback Ranch on February 13.

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14 thoughts on “Dodgers 25-Man Roster: Jake Peter May Have Already Found a Home

  1. We were all finally right with a Dodgers prediction, we all predicted Andrew, and co. would aquire a lefty batting infielder that none of us would have a clue about. It’s amazing how the Dodgers FO can keep their moves secret. This move wasn’t rumored until about 15 minutes before it happened, we never heard anything about the Puig/JBJ inquiries, those talks happened early in the winter meetings, and are being leaked out thru the Red Sox a month later. This front office keeps impressing me time and again. They have addressed the bench, the bull pen, and gotten the team under the luxury tax, they’ve had a good off season, even though it feels like they haven’t done much. Now they can sit around to see if a value opportunity pops up. Good job Andrew, and Farhan.

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    1. This Puig thing fascinates me. I’ve always been a fan and I’m really glad at the strides he made last year, but I think most mlb teams still feel he’s just too high maintenance to mess with. I wonder how anxious the Dodgers are to deal him while his value is high, or if the Bradley thing was just because they absolutely love the idea of having him and were hoping that offering Puig would do the trick. With only two years left on his contract, I think it’s unlikely that a rebuilding team would trade for him. On the other hand a contender might feel he’s too disruptive (even if that rep isn’t really deserved any more).

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  2. With regard to your Rule 5 comment, I think that was exactly why they didn’t claim him. No way will Andrew be forced to keep a young, relatively inexperienced, non-super prospect player on the 25 man roster all year long. The way the FO runs the tram back and forth to OKC during the year, that would have really put a crimp in things. By exhibiting their usual patience, they managed to snag him anyway.

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      1. Had you heard of him before the trade? I was really amused that a number of mlb “experts” didn’t even seem to know who Alexander was when the trade was announced and he spent the whole year with KC last year. Our guys dig deep!

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      2. On a completely different subject, how close are you to Reading? Did you see where old friend Chad Billingsley was just named baseball coach at a high school in that city (at least I think it’s a high school and not a college). Can you believe he’s still only 33 years old?

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      3. I grew up in Lancaster County, which is only about 20 mins away from Berks County. Right now, I live in Mifflin County. If I high-tail it, I can probably make it to Reading in about 60 minutes. Conrad Weiser is a high school.

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