We are just a day away from pitchers and reporting for the first team functions of the spring. This offseason was quite like none other in many ways, but baseball is finally returning.
The Dodgers still haven’t officially announced the signing of Justin Turner, as they are likely waiting until Wednesday when they make room on the 40-man roster by adding Caleb Ferguson and Tommy Kahnle to the 60-day injured list.
Josh Sborz, who was designated for assignment last week, was announced to be traded to the Rangers today. Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times first broke the news. Sborz was drafted by the Dodgers in the second round of 2015 amateur draft and made 11 relief appearances for the club at the big league level.
The 2021 non-roster invitees to spring training were announced Tuesday morning. Among the invitees are 16 pitchers, nine infielders, three catchers, and two infielders.
Here is the full list:
Among the invitees are some recognizable names, as we have old friends such as Morrow and Federowicz, as well as some high-ranking prospects in the Dodger farm system like Gray and Hoese.
Once Cactus League play gets into full gear, it will be fun to watch some names we didn’t get to see last season. The first full-squad workout is on Feb 23, while the first game is on Sunday, Feb 28, against the Oakland Athletics.
The Dodgers have announced that there will be about 2,500 fans allowed for Cactus League games, but no decision has been made for fans at Dodger Stadium for the regular season so far.
The Dodgers have also announced that they’ve hired Courtney Moore for the team’s newly created position of vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has several years of talent acquisition and previously worked as a special events coordinator for the Chicago White Sox. Moore earned a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts.