6 Dodgers players fighting for their futures ahead of 2024 season

Spring is still important to these Dodgers.

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Daniel Hudson

Hudson was able to cling onto the possibility for a 15th year in the majors after signing a minor-league deal to return to the Dodgers in 2024. He's been plagued by injury since 2022, when he pitched a very promising 24 1/3 innings for a 2.22 ERA before tearing his ACL. Coming back in 2023, he looked great for a total of three innings before knee issues took him down for the rest of the year. The Dodgers clearly want Hudson to be good again and have a certain amount of belief that he can be, but he has an uphill battle to fight for an Opening Day roster spot.

He avoided the first round of roster cuts, but he's still pitched for a 4.91 ERA over 3 2/3 innings in spring training. Other NRIs like Nabil Crismatt (who we'll get to in a second) have, fortunately for Hudson, not fared much better over similar numbers of innings, but he'll need to show more signs of improvement before the Dodgers re-add him to the bullpen. His first two outings in spring were mostly spotless, and he'll need to find a way back to that if he doesn't want to start the season in Triple-A.

Nabil Crismatt

Crismatt was a ringer for the Padres once upon a time, which is probably why the Dodgers have been giving him a real shot at a roster spot and kept him out of the first round of cuts despite rough showings throughout camp. Things really took a bad turn during the Dodgers' March 5 game against the Angels, when he gave up two runs and two walks without retiring a batter, forcing his ERA up to 12.27. His preceding appearance wasn't great either — two runs and two walks over 1 1/3 innings, but at least he also struck out three.

Both Crismatt and Hudson are at some level of risk to lose their spots within the Dodgers organization altogether. Neither have minor-league options, so they don't have safety nets to avoid being DFA'ed outright. The Dodgers have reasons to allow for some amount of faith in both, but their futures are in jeopardy more than anyone else on this list.