The Dodgers cut Matt West today, so that brings the roster down to forty-two players. Of those forty, at least five have some lengthy injuries – Andre Ethier, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Frankie Montas. Note that four of the five are pitchers and starting pitchers at that.
That leaves the Dodgers with 37 “healthy” players still in the big-league camp. Well, actually a bunch are banged up, including Corey Seager, Mike Bolsinger, Brandon Beachy, and Yasmani Grandal. We could call it 33 fairly healthy players and four banged up players. Anyway, twelve guys still need to be cut before opening day. Let’s take a look at who is still there, and will they stay or will they go.
Clayton Kershaw (duh), Scott Kazmir, Kenta Maeda (not sure whether Kazmir or Maeda will be #2), Alex Wood (#4), and some guys competing for the #5 role: Carlos Frias, Brandon Beachy, and Mike Bolsinger. Seven guys – two will get cut at some point. If Carlos Frias is still healthy on Opening Day, he may be the #5 starting pitcher – at least for the fifth game of the season.
Kenley Jansen, Chris Hatcher, JP Howell, Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez, Luis Avilan, Yimi Garcia, Louis Coleman, Jamey Wright, Adam Liberatore (or is it Lipitor?), and Josh Ravin. Eleven guys – four will get cut.
Yasmani Grandal, AJ Ellis, and Austin Barnes. Unless Barnes hangs on as a super utility guy, he will likely be cut.
Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Chase Utley, Kike Hernandez, Charlie Culberson, Elian Herrera, Rob Segedin, and Alex Guerrero. Unless something strange happens, then Culberson, Herrera, and Segedin will be cut. Dare I say that Guerrero will not be an LA Dodger on Opening Day?
Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke, Trayce Thompson, and Rico Noel. I would guess that Trayce stays on as the fifth outfielder, while Rico Noel is cut.