Paco Rodriguez, Alfredo Amezaga, and Peter Moylan, three Dodgers with realistic shots of making the Opening Day roster, have withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic to focus on making the club.
With Scott Elbert rehabbing, Paco and Moylan in particular are competing for the spot of lefty-specialist, though J.P. Howell would appear to be the front-runner there. Amezaga would appear to be a long-shot to make the outfield reserves on a team with such a high payroll, but the Dodgers don’t actually have a lot of options there, especially those who can play center field. Barring a trade, it basically boils down to him, Tony Gwynn Jr., Elian Herrera, and Jeremy Moore. In other words, hopefully there’s a trade.
Paco was slated to compete for Spain, Amezaga for Mexico, and Moylan for Australia, but at the risk of missing most of Spring Training, all three Dodgers who are on the roster bubble decided against it. That leaves five Dodgers who are still in the WBC in Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic), Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico), Luis Cruz (Mexico), Nick Punto (Italy), and Ronald Belisario (Venezuela), none of whom figure to be in danger of losing spots.