While many of us thought for certain the upper management crew of the Dodgers would place Yasiel Puig on waivers during the final few weeks of August, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported early Saturday that the front office has no intention of trading the 25-year-old outfielder at this juncture of the season.
In an age of baseball when it’s commonplace for six different members of a front office crew to pound statistics, logarithms, and even players’ reflexive reactions into extremely complex spreadsheets hoping for better results on the diamond, it’s easy to understand how a few tenths of a WAR point would be compelling enough to trade away one of the club’s most valued leaders.
Six days after a nightmare of a return from almost five months on the shelf recovering from back surgery, southpaw Brett Anderson will take the hill on Saturday in hopes providing some much needed stabilization to the Dodgers‘ rotation, and help the club rebound from a disappointing loss in the series opener.
If most teams in baseball would experience even a taste of the trials and tribulations that the Dodgers‘ starting rotation has endured so far in 2016, those particular clubs would have already exhausted much of their major league-ready pitching inventory, perhaps as far down as the Single-A level.
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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.
While the 2016 non-waiver trading deadline has come and gone without the overwhelming amount of traditional flair, there are still several weeks remaining for the Dodgers to make waiver trades with other teams in one final attempt to polish the 25-man roster for the stretch run of the season.
If the front office crew of the Dodgers hopes to have a handy bench piece with quite a bit of offensive pop available for a playoff run down the stretch, it may want to consider an extended stay for utility man Rob Segedin, who is at the top of almost every single offensive category at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Each time rookie Ross Stripling has been recalled to the big league roster this season, it seems as if the 26-year-old righty has elevated his skills to an entirely new level. And while fellow rookie Grant Dayton has impressed out of the bullpen in his two trips to the bigs, it may be time the Dodgers consider the duo as permanent fixtures on the pitching staff.
Expected to make a number of roster moves heading into Wednesday’s contest at Colorado, the Dodgers recalled righty Brock Stewart, who will take the hill in a spot-start, left-hander Julio Urias and right-handed reliever Josh Fields, officially announcing the transactions just several hours before the first pitch.
Still unable to throw or swing a bat with just nine days remaining until Opening Day, Dodgers’ catcher Yasmani Grandal may be dangerously close to beginning the season on the disabled list.
Grandal has been battling soreness in his right forearm for the past two weeks, and apparently the strain was made worse when he fouled a ball off his upper arm in a Cactus League game against the Mariners on Monday.