Dodgers: Three Surprises From the 40 Man Roster Decisions

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GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 01: Edwin Rios #78 and Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a photo as Justin Turner #10 photobombs in the background before the spring training game against the Cleveland Indians at Camelback Ranch on March 1, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 01: Edwin Rios #78 and Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a photo as Justin Turner #10 photobombs in the background before the spring training game against the Cleveland Indians at Camelback Ranch on March 1, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 22: Matt Beaty #84 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses during MLB Photo Day at Camelback Ranch- Glendale on February 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

Matt Beaty over Drew Jackson

One surprise in the Dodgers forty man roster selection was that they protected Matt Beaty and left Drew Jackson unprotected.  Beaty will be 26 years old next April and has played first base, second base, third base, and some outfield.  Beaty was limited to just 34 games in 2018 due to injuries.  Most of his games came with the OKC Dodgers.  Beaty’s best season was in 2017 when he hit .326 to go along with 15 home runs.

In adding Beaty to the forty man roster, the Dodgers left Drew Jackson unprotected.  Jackson will also be 26 years old next season and is in the Chris Taylor mold in that he can play all over the infield and some outfield.  Drew hit a career high fifteen home runs this season but the Dodgers felt he was expendable with Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez.

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