Dodgers Spring Training: Do All the Statistics Really Matter?

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The Dodgers just had their first day off of spring training, but some were playing games anyway — just not with the Dodgers. Various players were off competing for their native countries in the World Baseball Classic. There are thoughts against letting MLB players play in this tournament, as risk of injury is always high on the list. I’m sure we all remember Hanley Ramirez and his thumb injury in 2013. But for some players, it’s a way to represent their country, while also working on their skills for the upcoming season.

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Will a Healthy Trayce Thompson Contend for Dodgers’ 25-Man Roster?

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The answer is yes, although there’s a slim chance he’ll be among the 25 players suited up for Opening Day.

As it stands now, assuming Andre Ethier comes away from a bout of back spasms unscathed, the primary outfield crew for the Dodgers‘ big league squad will consist of Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson, along with the 34-year-old Ethier. And according to our latest projections, newcomer Franklin Gutierrez warrants a spot based on his contract alone, while utility man Scott Van Slyke sneaks on the 25-man primarily for his ability to effectively provide cover at first base.

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Dodgers 25-Man Roster: Who’s Backing Up First Base?

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One of several highlights during Tuesday’s annual Cactus League media day occurred when GM Farhan Zaidi suggested that the Dodgers intend to find more days off for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez over the course of the regular season.

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Dodgers Announce Franklin Gutierrez Signing

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On Monday afternoon, the Dodgers finally announced the signing of outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. The Dodgers and Gutierrez reportedly reached a one year agreement back on February 10th. Per Jon Heyman, the deal is for $2.6M with a possible $400K in incentives. Space was made available for him on Sunday when the Dodgers traded Vidal Nuno to the Baltimore Orioles for minor leaguer Ryan Moseley.

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How Will Dodgers Create Roster Space for Utley, Gutierrez & Romo?

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In a flurry of interesting developments on Friday night, the Dodgers have reportedly reached one-year agreements with infielder Chase Utley and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, both of whom are no strangers to the organization. These two recent deals, along with the addition of righty reliever Sergio Romo, have created a logjam on an already overcrowded 40-man roster, requiring the club to make three corresponding moves before the trio of new contracts can be made official.

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