Who will make the initial 30-man roster for the Los Angeles Dodgers?
Despite all of the starts and stops, twists and turns, it appears we will somehow have a baseball season this summer. The Los Angeles Dodgers are working out at Dodger Stadium as part of Spring Training 2.0, or “summer camp,” as many are calling it. With the team back in action, I thought it would be fun to break down how the initial active roster might look on Opening Day.
Due to the unique nature of returning to play amid a global pandemic, Major League Baseball is allowing teams to carry 30 players for the first two weeks of the season, after which rosters will be cut down to 28 names, and then four weeks into the season, teams will be back to the traditional 26-man limit.
It seems practical to believe Dodgers president Andrew Friedman and manager Dave Roberts will opt for extra pitching arms to make the most use of their expanded roster.
The Dodgers released an initial player pool of 51 players before breaking for camp. There has been a few additions and subtractions since that time. David Price opted out of playing this season due to health concerns related to Covid-19. The team recently added newly-signed reliever AJ Ramos, along with 2020 MLB Draft pick Clayton Beeter.
Players on the 60-man player pool are eligible to play this season, but are still required to be added to the 40-man roster before taking a spot on the active roster. Of course, there are special conditions in place to allow a quick roster progression in the case of players testing positive for Covid-19.
Without further ado, let’s break down how the 30-man roster could look on Opening Night when the Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants.