The Dodgers, the first team to start rolling after the offseason when pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 9, are undeniably in good shape, and that might be an understatement. Not only have they already set themselves up as the heavy favorites to win the World Series in 2024, but they've also given fans a very clear path forward to be excited about for years to come.
However, not everyone's future can be as assured as Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Mookie Betts or Freddie Freeman's, who the Dodgers should and will hang onto for as long as humanly possible. The Dodgers' 40-man is chock-full of talent, but even with the amount of star power they already have, it doesn't mean they can't improve.
Although things look pretty set for the moment, the Dodgers might progress through the season and want to switch things up a bit, or find areas that are more in need of improvement than others. As things stand right now, here are three players that the Dodgers should keep and three they might consider trading down the line.
3 players the Dodgers should keep
Graterol, who has been with the Dodgers since 2020, had an incredible breakout year in 2023 after three seasons featuring some pretty middle-of-the-road performances. The Dodgers gave him the ball more than ever before in 2023; he pitched 67 1/3 innings, closed 19 games, and opened one on a bullpen day for a 1.20 ERA. He had an elite ground ball rate and velocity on his fastball, which induced a .200 batting average against in 2023.
That kind of dominance led the Dodgers to give him a $1.475 million raise to avoid arbitration this year, making him the third highest-paid member of the Dodgers bullpen after Joe Kelly and Evan Phillips at a $2.7 million grand total. Graterol isn't a free agent until the end of 2026, giving the Dodgers plenty of control and the ability to retain him cheaply. Even if his 2023 season was a bit of an outlier and he regresses a bit in 2024 (and falls victim to poor injury luck, as he has in the past), he'll be an easy arm for the team to retain and call on over the next few years if he can continue to show out.