The Dodgers on Monday made a few adjustments to the 40-man roster by selecting the contracts of right-handed pitchers Trevor Oaks and Dennis Santana. Space was created by designating righty reliever Josh Ravin for assignment after left-handed relief pitcher Grant Dayton was claimed off waivers by the Braves.
The Dodgers are in a good position this offseason, not needing to make any huge acquisitions over the winter months. They had the best record in baseball last season, and most every player will be back, with a few exceptions here and there.
With all the regular season awards having been handed out, we are officially into the offseason. Here at Think Blue Planning Committee, that means the return of Fan Fridays. Our first installment begins with what fans see as the most important off season move the Dodgers‘ front office should make.
In almost every trade scenario for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the past two years, Cody Bellinger‘s name has been brought up as a potential player the other team coveted. The Dodgers always said no, he’s non-negotiable. That insistence to keep him has paid off. Monday, Cody Bellinger has been named the Jackie Robinson NL Rookie of the Year for the 2017 season. He becomes the 18th Rookie of the Year in the Dodgers organization.
As a prelude to what may be a busy winter, the Los Angeles Dodgers made several intriguing roster-related moves on Monday. They had previously declined to pick up the remaining $17.5 million on Andre Ethier‘s contract, instead opting to buy him out for $2.5 million. He is now a free agent. In theory, he could still return to the club, albeit at a lower salary.
On Sunday, the Dodgers officially declined the $17.5 million contract of veteran Andre Ethier, buying him out for $2.5 million. He was the longest tenured Dodger player, playing in the big leagues for parts of 12 seasons. His last hit as a Dodger might just be the run scoring single he hit in Game 7 of the World Series.
“For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right,
I hope you had the time of your life.” ~Green Day
Longtime readers of my column may remember that last year, I used a song to encompass thoughts I had about any Dodgers doings and happenings. I felt it fitting to bring that back for this column, and as Green Day so often does, wrote lyrics to capture exactly what I was feeling.
Go to the World Series, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. Fans of the Dodgers have to be wondering if that statement is actually true right now.
What a roller coaster of a game. Both starters were chased early, neither getting the win. Tying homers on top of tying homers. It was the first World Series game ever with three three-or-more game tying home runs. The pitcher that Dave Roberts said was not available before the game, apparently was. And if Game 1 was an ocassion where both these pitchers pitched a tidy affair, this game was anything but. In the end, it did not finish in the Dodgers‘ favor.