3. Hanser Alberto
Hanser Alberto has been really good at two things for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022. He’s been a great clubhouse presence, taking over the reins of being the goofball in the clubhouse that lightens up the mood. He’s also been an elite mop-up closer, as there are not many position players in baseball that have the pitching numbers that Alberto does.
As far as being productive at the plate, though, Alberto has not done much of that. In fact, you can make the case that Alberto has been the least productive bat that has consistently been on the Dodgers roster this season.
While he has also been heating up in recent weeks, his overall numbers still haven’t been great. Alberto has a 69 OPS+ (meaning he is 31% below league average), which only beats out Austin Barnes for the worst OPS+ on the roster.
Alberto isn’t even adding much value as a right-handed bat to hit southpaws — he only has a .659 OPS against left-handed pitching this season. With the surprising additions of Joey Gallo and, more importantly, Trayce Thompson, it’s much easier to ax Alberto from the postseason roster.
If I had to guess, I’d say that Alberto gets the ‘ol phantom IL treatment that will allow him to stay on the team but not take up a roster spot in the closing weeks of the season. Remember that trick with Chase Utley?
However, if the Dodgers want to keep his right-handed bat around, there’s another option to potentially part with …