The Dodgers have set their forty man roster as the deadline was 8 Eastern Time for each team to submit their forty man roster. In the process, the Dodgers lost Josh Ravin and Grant Dayton.
The Dodgers have added right-handed pitching prospects Trevor Oaks and Dennis Santana to their forty man roster that was submitted Monday evening. In the process, the Dodgers lost relievers Josh Ravin and Grant Dayton. Ravin was designated for assignment and appears to have been scooped up by new Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos. Dayton was claimed off waivers by the Braves.
The bigger of the two losses is the departure of Grant Dayton. Although Dayton will miss most of the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, he was an important part of the Dodger bullpen when healthy. With Tony Watson now in free agency the Dodgers lefty relief depth has taken a hit. The Dodgers still have Luis Avilan, Tony Cingrani, and Adam Liberatore as their top three left-handed relievers on the forty man roster.
Ravin has made brief stints with the Dodgers over the past couple of seasons but has not yet put it all together. Although he is capable of throwing 100 miles per hour, he has a career ERA of five in the majors. Ravin will turn thirty years old next season so it’s not a big deal that he is leaving. The Dodgers forty man roster currently includes Pedro Baez, Josh Fields, and Ross Stripling as the primary right-handed setup men behind Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers will surely look to bolster their bullpen this off-season.
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The two players added to the forty man roster were Trevor Oaks and Dennis Santana. Oaks had an injury-shortened season in the minors this year and is going to be twenty-five years old next year so it is time for the Dodgers to give him a shot and see what he can do. Oaks does not have lights out stuff, but he is a sinkerball pitcher who likes to induce ground balls. For his minor league career, he has a 3.27 ERA to go along with a 31-13 record.
Dennis Santana is a new addition to the Dodgers top prospect list and put himself on the map this year as he posted a 3.57 ERA for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Santana is a tall, lanky right-hander who can throw in the upper 90’s. He has a developing slider and can be a very solid starting pitcher when his slider is working. Santana is a bit younger than Oaks and will be twenty-two years old next year. He will likely start his season with Double-A Tulsa.
With the Dodgers 40 man roster now set, as well as every other team’s roster the off-season should start heating up. The winter meetings are in a couple of weeks and the deadline to post Shohei Ohtani is now set for Tuesday evening. The Dodgers will likely take a crack at signing Ohtani before moving on to other moves like a possible trade for Zach Britton. Whatever the front office’s plan is, there should be some more activity in the near future.