3 Dodgers players we’ll be glad are gone in 2024 and 2 we wish stayed

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When the Dodgers' 2023 season came to a whimpering close, 12 of their players were also making forays into the free agent market, giving the Dodgers a lot of ground to make up. We all know how that went; four of them (Ryan Brasier, Kiké Hernández, Jason Heyward, and Clayton Kershaw) ended up coming back, on top of all of the other dynamite acquisitions. The other eight ran the gamut in terms of star power and effectiveness for the team in 2023.

The Dodgers are in a fantastic place now, but there's always room for hindsight on players of days past who definitely won't be back in 2024. A few are worth missing, a few more couldn't have found the door faster.

3 Dodgers players we’ll be glad are gone in 2024

David Peralta

Peralta was a late free agent pickup for the Dodgers last offseason, who signed him in mid-February on a one-year, $6.5 million deal. He was more productive for the team than some; he started in left field for most of the season and batted .259/.294/.381 — not fantastic by any means, but fine enough at the bottom of the order. His 2023 free agency might've gone a little better if it weren't for the flexor tendon surgery he underwent when the season ended, which stalled him until, again, mid-February before he signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs.

Before Cody Bellinger re-signed with Chicago, we posited that if Peralta could show up big in spring training and Bellinger's contract standstill with the Cubs continued to wear on, Peralta could make a case for himself in the outfield. However, because Bellinger will be back to take up all the air in the room and the outfield, there's little hope for Peralta to climb out of Triple-A, at least at the beginning of the season.