Dodgers Keep Roster Intact Despite Potential Needs in Bullpen

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Heading into the middle game of the weekend series against the Rockies, the Dodgers decided to make no changes to their 25-man roster despite several areas of concern that have developed over the last few days.

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Dodgers Bullpen: Caleb Ferguson Emerging as Best 8th-Inning Option

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Needless to say, there have been a high number of discussions among fans regarding the bullpen of the Dodgers. Seven games into the season, there are probably more questions now about the relief corps than there were at the beginning of Cactus League play in February.

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Dodgers 40-Man Roster: Exploring the Organization’s Bullpen Depth

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We’ve been talking about the prospective Opening Day roster for quite some time now, and there’s no doubt the bullpen is an area of the team which may not be solidified until the final days of camp.

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Yimi Garcia Making Early Case for Roster Spot

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Barring injury, the majority of the roster spots on the Dodgers‘ 25-man roster have already been solidified. However, the final slots in the bullpen could come down to the last few days of camp, as there could conceivably be a battle between five or more arms for one position.

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Dodgers 2019 Roster: Let’s Start Building a Bullpen

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Without question, the biggest move the Dodgers┬ámade so far this offseason was signing fireballer Joe Kelly to a three-year deal. Actually, it was the only big move (unless you count the Kershaw contract), as most of the other signings and deals were mostly dribble in creating depth right along the fringe. We’ll talk more about that in a bit.

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Dodgers Finally Make Joe Kelly Signing Official

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The move was initially announced last week, but today the Los Angeles Dodgers finally made it official, announcing the signing of relief pitcher Joe Kelly to a three-year contract. However, the team still has yet to announce a corresponding move to create a roster spot. Dennis covered what moves might be made to add Kelly to the 40-man on Tuesday. Fans are hoping that the front office is still working to make trades to make space and bring a catcher or another pitcher to the team, and that is the delay for the announcement of the corresponding move.

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How Will Dodgers Create Roster Space for Joe Kelly?

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While it’s been almost a week since the news broke of the Dodgers signing righty reliever Joe Kelly, there still hasn’t been an formal announcement from the team, which indicates there is some kind of holdup making the contract official.

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Dodgers Bullpen: Joe Kelly Reportedly Signs Multi-Year Deal

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Old foes can become friends, and that is what seems to be happening between the Dodgers and Joe Kelly. The 30-year-old righty reliever is reportedly in agreement to sign with Los Angeles, pending a physical.

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Roberts Says Maeda Will Begin Next Season in Starting Rotation, Not Bullpen

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have a deep roster, which is great, but it can certainly make some players unsure of what their role is going to be as the seasons progress.

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Is Adam Ottavino a Good Fit for Dodgers?

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Being that there’s no shortage of decent relief pitching in this year’s free agent class, one wonders if boss Andrew Friedman will abandon his typical of philosophy from building his bullpen from within and dip into resources from the outside. While there’s still some speculation that the Dodgers will once again land below the Luxury Tax threshold next season, there still may be some room under the cap to land a quality fireman.

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