Brett Eibner Could Be Dodgers’ 25-Man Roster Dark Horse

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The exact make up of the Dodgers outfield is still unknown. Manager Dave Roberts has come out many times saying that Yasiel Puig will be starting in right field, and Joc Pederson will retain his roll in center. Left field is a bit uncertain, but look for Andre Ethier to have the starting role there. Where the real fun begins is determining who will make the team as reserves.

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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 Predictions: Joc Pederson Hits Full Stride in 2017

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There is a Nostradamus on the Dodgers. Last night, when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were down 28-3 to the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Joc Pederson tweeted this:

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Dodgers Roster: A Positive Outlook for the 2017 Outfield Crew

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While we’re patiently waiting for a few plausible roster fluctuations to be ironed out before we publish our intermediate round of 2017 roster projections, we thought we’d take a look at another area of the Dodgers‘ organization that will certainly have a huge impact on the success of the club this year — the outfield.

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Daydream Believer: Which Player Would You Most Like to See on the Dodgers?

“You once thought of me
As a white knight on his steed
Now you know how happy I can be
Oh, our good time starts and ends
Without all I want to spend
But how much, baby, do we really need?”

~The Monkees

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Dodgers Outfield: How Will Andre Ethier Be Utilized in 2017?

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Unlike second base, the outfield is not a place that the Dodgers need to add any players. Conversely, they have too many. So where does that leave someone like Andre Ethier coming off an injury-riddled season?

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Dodgers Roster: Where Does Rob Segedin Fit into the 2017 Puzzle?

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While it’s entirely too early in the offseason to consider potential batting orders and lineups, it’s definitely not out of line to think about prospective ingredients for the 25-man roster, as the first few moves of the winter promise to dictate which direction the Dodgers will be heading as far as assembling player personnel.

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Dodgers Roster: Putting Together A Working Outfield for 2017

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While it’s probably entirely too early for team management to begin piecing together roster ideas for the upcoming season, it certainly doesn’t hurt when fans begin brainstorming about areas of the squad that could eventually fall under heavy scrutiny about four months from now.

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One Step Up

“We’ve given each other some hard lessons lately
But we ain’t learnin’
We’re the same sad story that’s a fact
One step up and two steps back”

~Bruce Springsteen

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With a Few Lineup Tweaks, Dodgers Could Improve Offensive Output

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Although there’s been many cases where the formula for the Dodgers‘ batting order has worked brilliantly this season, many fans are currently chattering about what could happen if the club did some minor shifting in the lineup, especially with the cleanup spot and newcomer Josh Reddick.

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