The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the most compelling teams in baseball heading into the 2023 season. For the first time in half-decade, the Boys in Blue are not the runaway favorites to win the World Series as they did not partake in the spending spree that was prominent this offseason.
Instead, the team's likely desire to get under the luxury tax threshold mixed with a late answer about Trevor Bauer's future has led to a much quieter offseason. With several top prospects knocking on the door, the Dodgers are right to use the 2023 season as a soft reset while remaining competitive.
That being said, the complexion of the Dodgers is undoubtedly going to change over the course of the next year. With the calendar turning into a new year, there are several players on the active roster who likely won't make it to Dec. 31, 2023 in LA — let alone the end of the season.
3 Dodgers on the active roster that won't last all of 2023
3. Trayce Thompson
Perhaps the most controversial player on this list, Trayce Thompson has become a fan favorite once more as he showed up in Los Angeles last season to fill the void that a horrible AJ Pollock trade left behind. Thompson was surprisingly really good for the Dodgers, flashing both a great glove in the field and a productive bat at the plate.
While there's no denying that Thompson was really good last season, it also feels like a bit of fool's gold at this point. Thompson has been a career journeyman who has put together hot stretches in the past only to once again fall off the face of the earth.
Dodgers fans saw the bad side of Thompson in the playoffs as the outfielder went 2-13 at the plate with six strikeouts. It's an impossibly small sample size, but a .466 OPS in the most important games of the season still isn't a great look.
Thompson's strikeout rate is also a bit concerning. He struck out in 36% of his plate appearances last season. Chris Taylor has frustrated fans with his strikeout rate, but his value is exponentially more significant than Thompson's due to his defensive versatility and clutch bat.
It wouldn't be totally shocking if the Thompson of old shows back up in Los Angeles and catches a DFA to make room for someone else on the roster.