The Dodgers revealed their new first base coach on Friday afternoon, when Clayton McCullough was announced as the man selected for the role. McCullough was the only new addition to the existing crew.
McCullough has spent seven seasons in the Dodger organization, serving as the minor league field coordinator and overseeing operations this season at the alternate training site at USC.
Some may remember McCullough from the rumor mill during last offseason when the Giants were interested in making him their manager.
Before joining the Dodgers organization, McCullough spent eight years in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He served as manager for several different minor league teams, posting a 629-559 combined record.
McCullough replaces George Lombard, who signed with the Detroit Tigers to serve as their bench coach.
J.P. Hoornstra of the OC Register reported today that the Dodgers are finalizing a minor league deal with utility player Carlos Asuaje. Drafted by the Red Sox in 2013, Asuaje has seen time at the major league level from 2016-18 with the Padres. He most recently was a member of the Cubs on a minor league deal. Asuaje has also spent time with the Dbacks and Rangers and also spent time in Korea.
Having spent time with two rival division organizations, Dodger scouts have gotten a good look at Asuaje. This is the type of deal Andrew Freidman and company are known to pull off, es[ecially during the winter months. Asuaje is 29 years old and is known for his defensive versatility.
It could be very well that Kike Hernandez is on his way out of Los Angeles. as the Dodgers are looking for players with some defensive versatility to bolster team depth.
The deal that brought Corey Knebel to Los Angeles is now complete. The Dodgers sent left-handed pitcher Leo Crawford to the Brewers complete the early December trade. Crawford was part of a combined no-hitter for the Dodgers Dominican Summer League team back in 2015, having pitched the first 6 ⅓ innings.
Crawford, who turns 24 next month, posted a 2.81 ERA in 2019 between Class-A and Double-A. With the trade finalized, the Dodgers 40-man roster is now at 37, although that is bound to change during the next few weeks.
The offseason hot stove remains stagnant for the defending champs as of now, although there have been a few rumors. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has recently predicted that reigning National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer would sign with the Dodgers.
We will have to wait and see if Rosenthal is correct.