3 key Dodgers spring training roster battles to watch

Adam Weinrib
Mar 13, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price throws during a spring training workout at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price throws during a spring training workout at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

1. Back-End Rotation Shuffle

Where do we even begin with the rotation options for the Dodgers who you should keep an eye on?

Every day, a new semi-familiar name walks through the door, forcing fans to ask themselves, “Can this man get 12 outs if he’s called upon to do so?”

After Dave Roberts made it clear following Andrew Heaney’s disastrous outing on Wednesday that “piggybacking” several of these four-and-five types was the plan all along, we wondered … how exactly this was all going to shake out.

Suddenly, after Walker Buehler, Julio Urías, and Clayton Kershaw, LA has to sort out a back-end mix including Heaney, Tony Gonsolin, David Price, Tyler Anderson and Danny Duffy, as well as top prospect Andre Jackson and returning swingman Mitch White.

Someday … hopefully … Dustin May will return and take the reins of one of those available rotation spots, but that only makes things all the stranger. The Dodgers’ front office has collected a pile of names here for innings-eating, but the vast majority of them make no sense in short relief or any role other than “adequate starting pitching”. And some of ’em aren’t cheap! Heaney makes $8 million! And what happened to Gonsolin’s shine?!

Every spring training game not started by one of the Big 3 will be a major part of an ongoing battle, and once a player gets an edge, we’re not even 100% sure what they’re going to do with it. Now that’s what we call … intrigue!

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