Dodgers Thoughts: Time Off, 2017 & When Baseball Returns

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These days, we have more time on our hands than usual. I have been spending some of it watching old Dodgers games on TV, which recently there have been quite a few. Mostly they have centered around games played on Jackie Robinson Day, with Vin Scully narrating and the Dodgers winning. Even though it’s a minor substitute for what we’re currently missing, it does somewhat scratch the baseball itch.

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Dodgers News: Catching Depth, Opening Day Starter Announcement & More

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As Dennis stated in his column yesterday, we are now halfway through Cactus League play. The Dodgers will open their season Thursday, March 26 at home against the San Francisco Giants.

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More Thoughts About Left Field

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While most of the team progress surrounding the Dodgers so far this spring has been optimistically steady, one of the most frequent topics of conversation has been the nagging side injury of Joc Pederson and how it may affect the dynamics of the Opening Day roster.

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A Closer Look at Reymin Guduan

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With much of the attention being given to righty flamethrower Brusdar Graterol as far as newly acquired relief pitchers go, another bullpen arm that could make some noise this spring belongs to southpaw Reymin Guduan.

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What Are the Possibilities for Jimmy Nelson?

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When it eventually comes time for the management crew and coaching staff of the Dodgers to select the team’s roster for Opening Day, they may be dealing with a few difficult decisions.

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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.

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Thoughts on the Betts Trade & The Pederson Deal That Didn’t Happen

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As the dust settles from what felt like a month-long saga that ends with the Dodgers trading for Mookie Betts and David Price, we can maybe, finally, take stock of what has happened in the world of Dodger baseball.

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Mookie Betts Deal Reportedly Finalized

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“In the history of the Dodgers, nothing ever comes easy” ~Vin Scully

After almost an entire week of controversy, the Dodgers and Red Sox have reportedly agreed to a trade that will see both outfielder Mookie Betts and lefty starting pitcher David Price end up in Los Angeles. In return, the Red Sox will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo, catching prospect Connor Wong and infield prospect Jeter Downs.

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Uncertainty Still Lingering Around Mookie Betts Deal

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While some fans believed they would see both Mookie Betts and David Price land in Los Angeles much sooner, there is some uncertainty lingering around the completion of baseball’s biggest deal this winter, as the Dodgers, Red Sox and Twins are still working to find a common resolution.

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How Latest Trade Flurry Affects Dynamics of Dodgers’ 26-Man Roster

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While none of the participating teams have yet to officially announce the details of their impending deals, it’s certainly safe to say that front office boss Andrew Friedman will have shaken up the roster of the Dodgers once all the formalities are signed and sealed.

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