This one absolutely kills me. What I mean by that is I wish the Dodgers got rid of this disappointment a long time ago. In eight appearances this spring, Hatcher has given up seven earned runs. He’s also allowed a few of the inherited runners that were left on base for him to score, which defeats the purpose of bringing in a reliever in the first place.
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Last season Hatcher was a complete disaster for the Dodgers posting a 5.53 ERA. Even though the Dodgers bullpen isn’t always reliable, I feel like there’s just no place for Hatcher in it. Losing a reliever for most teams would hurt them. For the Dodgers, they may actually be doing themselves a favor if they got rid of him.
I was waiting for the “Dodgers DFA reliever Chris Hatcher” notification all off-season but it never came. Even his attitude on the field, when he is struggling or doesn’t get a call he likes, just isn’t a good look for the team. I would be very surprised if Hatcher actually breaks the Opening Day roster, although he may due to Baez being hurt. However, I couldn’t imagine him staying there very long. Unless a miracle happens, Hatcher’s days as a Dodger may come to a close here very soon. Or at least we can hope.
Most of these disappointments could easily be turned around once the season starts and may not even be an issue anymore. Seager, Gonzalez, Baez, and Ethier, if healthy, will all be big contributors to the team, which they all need to be. While players like Kazmir and Hatcher aren’t a big concern if they aren’t playing, the Dodgers are still paying them. For this reason, I hope they get it together. Hill, I think will be fine once the season begins and he’s back in LA.
Now is the time for the disappointments to take place because in a few more days what they all did in Spring Training will no longer matter.