Friday, March 25, 2011

Dodgers Roster: 40 Man Crunch

Opening Day is less than a week away and the Dodgers have some roster decisions to make.

Right now the Dodgers have 39 players on the 40 man roster since Carlos Montasterios is on the Restricted List.

It's almost certain that one of Juan Castro or Aaron Miles will break camp with the team.  So we'll give one of them the 40th spot.

Casey Blake might start on the DL, so another infielder might be necessary (the other of Castro and Miles?).  A 40-man spot would have to be cleared for him.  Though I'd rather see DeJesus up for a few weeks since he ('s better) could be optioned to AAA when Blake comes back.

John Lindsay has gotten 4 ABs this spring, so his spot doesn't look secure at all.

C/1B/OF Hector Giminez and OF Xavier Paul are both on the 40 man but are both out of options.  This means they have to be on the active roster or they have to pass through waivers to be sent to the minors.  I think the Dodgers recently added Giminez to 40-man so looks like he'll make the team.  Paul won't pass waivers so he's either on the roster or gone.

Jon Garland will start the season on the DL.  Since the Dodgers won't need a 5th starter for a few weeks I think that Giminez will take Garland's spot for now.  When the Dodgers need a 5th starter either Garland will be ready to come off the DL or the Dodgers will call up Ely (or maybe Redding, who'd need to be added to the 40-man).  If it is Ely or Garland the Dodgers will decide between cutting C/1B/OF Giminez, C Navarro or OF Gibbons.

LA will probably need another reliever as well.  Looks like Mike MacDougal has the inside track on that.  He needs to be added to the 40-man too.  If Paul is traded or released that' clear a spot for him.

In summary, I think the Dodgers will end up adding Castro, Miles and MacDougal to the 40 man.  And remove Lindsay and Paul.

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