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Dodgers Finally Set 40-Man Roster After Latest Trade Flurry

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For a few quick moments, it looked like the 40-man roster of the Dodgers was stuck at the magical number of 42, despite MLB rules not allowing such a scenario.

After adding Mookie Betts, David Price, Brusdar Graterol and Luke Raley to the 40-man mix early Monday evening, Los Angeles ended up with 42 players on the 40-man, even after the departures of Kenta Maeda and Alex Verdugo.

To create room and level the official count to 40 players, the club designated both outfielder Kyle Garlick and utility man Tyler White for assignment.

The 28-year-old Garlick put up fantastic numbers in the confines of the Pacific Coast League last year, slashing .314/.382/.675 with 25 doubles and 23 long balls over 81 games. At the big league level, he performed admirably, hitting .250/.321/.521 with three homers in 30 games. However, he was not recalled when rosters expanded in September, nor was he considered for the NLDS roster against the Nationals.

The Dodgers acquired White in a trade from the Astros days before last summer’s deadline, sending right-handed pitching prospect Andre Scrubb back to Houston to complete the deal. After arriving in Los Angeles, White mustered just 26 PA at the major league level, slashing just .192/.045/.238. If White has any upside, it’s the fact that he can handle up to six or seven different positions on the field defensively.

White will turn 30 in October.

Our friend Connor Byrne at MLBTR noted that Garlick still has two minor league options remaining on his contract, so perhaps another team will take a chance on him through a trade or waivers. White has no options, so he’d have to stick on an acquiring club’s 26-man roster or head to the waiver wire.

As far as the Dodgers are concerned, it would be outstanding if the organization could score at least one lower-level prospect for either of the two players.

Although pitchers and catchers will officially be reporting to Camelback Ranch on Feb. 13, there are still a few clouds surrounding the club’s prospective 26-man roster. The biggest questions lingering revolve around Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling. Both players still remain part of the Los Angeles 40-man after a trade that sent the pair to the Angels was squashed on Sunday.

According to some beliefs, the Dodgers continue to shop Pederson, although his left-handed bat could potentially play large in the Los Angeles lineup mix, especially since MLB expanded active rosters to 26 players.

It may be interesting to keep a close eye on the chatter surrounding Pederson, as the outfielder’s status might be somewhat of an indicator as to whether the team intends to stay below the Luxury Tax Threshold for the upcoming season.

 

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