Group 2: Diego Cartaya, Hunter Feduccia, Jonny Deluca, Jorbit Vivas
The Dodgers currently employ four catchers on the 40-man roster, which is untenable. Austin Barnes will be a free agent after 2024, which means one of Cartaya and Feduccia might stick around, but that all depends on the organization's plan with top prospect Dalton Rushing, who logged 46 impressive games at catcher in 2023.
As for Deluca and Vivas? We're just not sure how much longer the Dodgers can use valuable 40-man spots on guys who aren't cemented into the big picture. Deluca actualy wasn't bad in his 24-game cameo in 2023, but it also doesn't seem like he's done enough to earn a guaranteed role moving forward. Vivas got the promotion to Triple-A in 2023, but his bat struggled in 26 games before the season ended. Neither can realistically make the Opening Day roster, given the team's "logjam" with fellow top prospects Michael Busch, Miguel Vargas and Andy Pages, all of whom are either ready for MLB action or have more potential.
Because if Heyward's going to be the fourth outfielder, there's just no chance someone like Deluca will start alongside Mookie Betts and James Outman. There's also little room in the infield with Gavin Lux returning to further cloud the picture with Miguel Rojas, Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Busch/Vargas.
Say goodbye to three of these four in the coming weeks/months.