Dodgers: Three Dodgers Who Could be Gone by October
This is more of an obvious one as Yimi is expected to be designated for assignment as soon as Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill return, forcing Ross Stripling and Julio Urias to the bullpen. The plan may be a bit altered now, depending on how long Hyun-Jin Ryu is out after his latest groin injury, but this move is inevitable.
Yimi has always had good stuff, including a mid 90’s fastball with good run on it but after his first Tommy John surgery, he has struggled to stay healthy and never quite put it all together since then. I really hoped that Garcia would have a Pedro Baez type bounceback but it feels like that is a remote possibility at this stage.
With too many big league starting pitchers, and several going to the pen when the rotation is fully healthy, Yimi’s days as a Dodger could be numbered. When he goes through waivers there is a chance he sneaks through but it wouldn’t be surprising if another team takes a chance on him. Plus the Dodgers’ have some up and coming relievers in the minors like Stetson Allie.