1. Hanser Alberto
Hanser Alberto is a great time. He’s saved the Dodgers from wasting valuable bullpen innings and has taken the mound countless times this year to preserve wins and get the team through boring losses. Most importantly, though, he’s been a spark of energy on the bench and in the clubhouse. Off the charts “intangibles”, as they say.
Maybe the Dodgers find that worthwhile and keep him. It’s possible. He has a $2 million team option for the 2023 season.
Like we said, though, many more potential departures are on the way. The statuses surrounding Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Joey Gallo all vary in terms of clarity, but it’s likely more than one of those players are gone come November. In the event the Dodgers need to upgrade in free agency while trading and elevate promising prospects like Miguel Vargas, James Outman and Michael Busch, why are they going to waste a roster spot on Alberto?
Additionally, even though not much was expected from Alberto, it’s puzzling how he’s about to have a career-worst season (in which he’s played 54 or more games) while playing alongside the best roster he’s been a part of in his seven-year career. To an extent, he’s left much to be desired.
For as high as the Dodgers’ standards are, they can fill the “Last Guy on the Bench” role with someone just as energetic and even more productive. Hell, it was Albert Pujols last year!