2. Edwin Rios
Edwin Rios is currently not on the Dodgers roster as he’s been out since June with a hamstring strain. He’s been playing with Triple-A OKC on a rehab assignment that has lasted 17 games and he has fared quite well, slashing .277/.368/.446 with two home runs and five doubles.
As it stands right now, Rios probably has the advantage over Alberto, and if he were to make the playoff roster he would likely keep Alberto’s spot. However, with the Dodgers being so left-handed heavy, the team might instead play the matchups and keep Alberto on the roster instead.
With the addition of Gallo, there’s much less of a need for a boom-or-bust left-handed bat like Rios. It would be one thing if Gallo were to fall flat on his face in LA, but with him swinging the bat well, Rios’ chances are shrinking.
Rios will absolutely get the call back up to the big leagues and will be given his chance to win out a roster spot. If he returns to the big-league club and starts torching the baseball, then it’s going to be impossible to deny him a roster spot, left-handed or not.
However, if he comes up and struggles mightily, then the Dodgers might just have the answer handed to them.