Originally written on ChadMoriyama.com  |  Last updated 10/23/14
The Dodgers announced the cuts of eight players yesterday, moves that essentially set the Opening Day roster for the team. The club reassigned right-handers Kevin Gregg and Peter Moylan, utility man Alfredo Amezaga and catcher Matt Wallach to Minor League camp. In addition, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Alex Castellanos, right-hander Stephen Fife, utility man Elian Herrera and right-hander Josh Wall to Minor League camp. Welp, this turned out completely differently than what I had assumed was going to happen, some moves for the better and some for the worse. Though the primary reason that happened was because the Dodgers basically pushed back the tough decisions for a week or two. —– Lineup C – A.J. Ellis 1B – Adrian Gonzalez 2B – Mark Ellis 3B – Luis Cruz SS – Justin Sellers LF – Carl Crawford CF – Matt Kemp RF – Andre Ethier Bench B – Tim Federowicz B – Nick Punto B – Juan Uribe B – Jerry Hairston Jr. B – Skip Schumaker DL – Hanley Ramirez Rotation 1 – Clayton Kershaw 2 – Zack Greinke 3 – Josh Beckett 4 – Hyun Jin Ryu Bullpen CL – Brandon League ST – Kenley Jansen RP – Ronald Belisario RP – J.P. Howell RP – Paco Rodriguez RP – Matt Guerrier RP – Chris Capuano RP – Aaron Harang DL – Chad Billingsley DL – Scott Elbert DL – Ted Lilly —– So that’s the Opening Day roster barring a sudden injury or trade. I still don’t understand why Justin Sellers needs to be the starter when a platoon at third would work just fine. Regardless, nothing we can do about it now except hope that Sellers hits a lot of balls on the ground and those balls find holes over the next couple of months. Pleasantly surprised though that Paco Rodriguez makes the staff over Kevin Gregg and friends, as he’s probably the fourth-best reliever on this team right now. As I alluded to earlier, the bad part is that this is temporary. Scott Elbert and Hanley Ramirez are out months, but Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly can come off the DL soon because their stints are retroactive, so moves will need to be made similar to what I speculated earlier. Basically, trades needs to happen, and soon. I struggle to see a way they make carrying seven or eight starters work long-term without damaging the potential of the bullpen, because they’d have to make moves like sending Paco down because he has options. So all in all, while the Opening Day roster is set, what the team has really done is just push the tough decisions back, so it’s now in a week or two that we’ll see what the team truly plans on doing for the rest of the season.
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