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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.

Kershaw homers to win it, dugout reacts, bros high five, dude sticks a middle finger … baseball!

The Dodgers beat the rival Giants on Opening Day at home to begin 2013, but it wasn’t so much the win that was surprising as how they did it. Leading off the bottom of the eighth inning of a 0-0 tie game, Clayton Kershaw was left in to hit, and he justified the decision, not with his arm, but with his bat. That was his first career homer, and it made people lose their minds. ...

Zack Greinke solid in final spring start, Rodriguez and Sellers make team

This hasn't been the greatest month for Zack Greinke leading up to the start of the 2013 season, but Saturday night was the most encouraging sight from him since he signed his mega contract in the winter. Greinke made his final spring training start on Saturday against Angels and fared pretty well. It was just his second start in the last 29 days, so it's understandable...

Making Moves: Opening Day roster officially set, four head to DL + seven released

The Dodgers officially finalized their Opening Day 25-man roster. The 25-man roster, as broken down by position: Pitchers (12): Josh Beckett Ronald Belisario Chris Capuano (L) Zack Greinke Matt Guerrier Aaron Harang J.P. Howell (L) Kenley Jansen Clayton Kershaw (L) Brandon League Paco Rodriguez (L) Hyun-Jin Ryu (L) Catchers (2): A.J. Ellis Tim Federowicz Infielders (6): Luis Cruz...

Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley ready to rejoin rotation

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley appeared in a minor league spring training contest yesterday, and he is ready to be part of the team’s rotation – potentially in the first week of the regular season – according to Eric Stephen of SB Nation. The Dodgers don’t need a fifth starter until the 11th game of the year, but Stephen notes that Billingsley...

Los Angeles Dodgers welcome you to yesterday; today

The light distortion not withstanding, the new hi-def scoreboards were amazing. “Remember when.” It is a common phrase we’ve all used before. Sometimes, you say it to recall the good old days at work before you got a new boss whose job seems to be making your life miserable. Or you could be a Kansas City Royals fans recalling when the word “playoffs” was part of the vocabulary...

10 Bold Predictions for 2013: Clayton Kershaw will be the next member of the $200M club

Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in major league baseball not named Justin Verlander.  He is also five years younger and is currently playing for the new biggest spenders in baseball, the LA Dodgers.  I don’t have to spout off Kershaw’s stats and accomplishments at such a young age.  If you’re reading this blog you probably know that Kershaw is one of the league’s...

Ellis' slam helps Dodgers beat Angels 9-8

A.J. Ellis hit a grand slam against Jason Vargas for his first homer of the spring, Luis Cruz doubled home two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 9-8 Friday night in their next-to-last game of spring training. Josh Beckett threw 80 pitches over four innings to get the win despite giving up seven runs on nine hits, including a three-run homer by Mike Trout and a two...

Kershaw does it all in Dodgers' win

Clayton Kershaw launched his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, then finished off a four-hitter Monday that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on opening day. Kershaw became the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run in an opener since Bob Lemon for Cleveland in 1953, STATS said. Kershaw struck out seven...

Kershaw homers, pitches shutout in win vs. SF

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Clayton Kershaw launched his first career home run to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning, then finished off a four-hitter Monday that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 4-0 on opening day. Kershaw became the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run in an opener since Bob Lemon for Cleveland in 1953, STATS said. Kershaw...

Fantasy Baseball: NL West Offseason

LA Dodgers: The Dodgers went to great lengths to reel in Zack Greinke (SP). Unless his elbow problems escalate, draft him with confidence. SD Padres: The Padres had a quiet winter. Arizona Diamondbacks: Martin Prado (OF) has always hit for a good avg. and had modest power, but what impressed people last season was his newfound speed. Prado is a good mid to late-round option if you...
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