There are clearly locks for the roster (Kemp, Kershaw, et al), and some who weren't locks just as recently as a couple weeks ago (Uribe).
There are still some decisions to make regarding the first 25 -- the biggest of which being Yasiel Puig.
There are also decisions to be made about the bullpen and the Dodgers' excess starting pitchers.
Hanley Ramirez (DL)
Starting pitcher (5/5)
Ted Lilly (DL)
Relief pitcher (5/7)
There are only a few spots still up for contention. A couple spots in the bullpen and a couple spots on the bench.
With Ramirez's injury, Uribe (unfortunately) becomes a lock, as Cruz will move to shortstop from third base. My preference is for Dee Gordon to get a shot at shortstop and to keep Cruz at third while Ramirez is out. That doesn't appear too likely at this point.
Carl Crawford being ready for April 1, I'm still not convinced. Oh, and there's the Puig question. When spring training started, there was virtually no chance of Puig breaking camp with the team. Now, it's a legitimate question, even if folks in the know think he's destined for Double-A.
Also, Alex Castellanos was vying for the 25th-man spot before Puig took off. He could still get a shot, especially if Crawford is ready on time.
My guess: Crawford and Castellanos make the team.
As for non-roster invitees, Kevin Gregg and Peter Moylan are the only two remaining. The Dodgers seem to have a non-roster invitee -- usually a reliever -- make the squad.
- Gregg's line: 9 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 HR 0 BB, 4 K
- Moylan's line: 7 1/3 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 3 HR, 4 BB, 8 K
Josh Wall, who has struck out 12 batters in 10 1/3 spring innings. But that probably won't happen.
My guess: Rodriguez and Moylan get the nod to fill out the bullpen.
As for Aaron Harang, I really think he's traded or designated for assignment by opening day. He seems like the worst fit of the Dodgers' surplus of starters to pitch out of the bullpen.
Here's hoping a team steps up and makes a play for Harang. even a fringy reliever prospect would be just fine.
Portion of Ramirez's salary to be paid by WBC
Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal reported Sunday the World Baseball Classic will be responsible for Hanley Ramirez's salary while he's on the disabled list.
Once player misses 30 days, salary for missed time covered in full. Also, he can be covered if injured during WBC, then suffers re-injury.For the pre-2012 Dodgers, this would have been great. For a team projected to have a $230-plus million payroll, it doesn't really matter much. It's at least a "nice" consolation for losing Ramirez for two months.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 25, 2013
First mock draft of 2013
John Sickels at Minor League Ball posted his first 2013 mock draft on Saturday. Sickels alternated picks with Matt Garrioch, a writer fro the site. Garrioch had the Dodgers' pick and mocked RHP Dustin Driver from Wenatchee High School (Wash.) at No. 19.
"The Dodgers have went a different direction under their new ownership but due to the new basic agreement spending restrictions, I don't see it changing their philosophy in the draft. Jon Crawford could join his Florida teammate quickly if they would go that direction. Ryan Boldt is a name worth considering here as is currently injured Austin Wilson. Reese McGuire could be an intriguing pick here, as they really have no catching depth but that could actually hinder him if they would rush him just because they lack depth and that urge would be there. I think I will go with a local high school arm in Dustin Driver, RHP, California HS"Driver is 6'2, 210 pounds with a solid fastball for a prep pitcher (91-93 MPH, touches 94). Some view him as a relief prospect because he lacks consistent secondary offerings. But he fits the Logan White profile: high schooler with projectable frame and a quality fastball. Here's a video of him at a high school showcase in San Diego.
The draft is less than three months away. Looking forward to it.
Photo credits: Dustin Nosler, Feelin' Kinda Blue