The Obvious Departures
Marisnick was a Dodger for four games. He came over after an underwhelming stint with the Tigers as LA's outfield depth was tested due to injuries. Fans weren't thrilled about the addition because he was a prominent member of the cheating 2017 Astros team that defeated the Dodgers in the World Series.
Marisnick suffered an injury after just spending a few days with the team and never returned. He's a free agent after 2023, and the Dodgers will be hoping they aren't in a position next year to take a flyer on an unproductive veteran whose best (and still unimpressive) days are well in the rearview.
Kolten Wong was a version of Jake Marisnick Part II, as the Dodgers failed to show confidence in their prospects and decided to bring the veteran aboard after the Seattle Mariners had enough. Wong hit .165 with a .468 OPS in Seattle across 67 games, then came to LA and hit .300 with an .853 OPS in 20 games, earning him a postseason roster spot.
It didn't take long for the fan base to turn on him, though. Dave Roberts called on him to deliver with the bases loaded and two outs in a crucial moment during Game 2 of the NLDS, and he grounded out to first. Roberts' fault for putting him in that position, but Wong's addition was more so the product of the Dodgers' depth being tested due to various issues than anything else.
If he's back in 2024, that means the Dodgers aren't serious about fortifying their bench or developing their best young talent.
From trade deadline savior to trade deadline bust, Amed Rosario's 2023 season really couldn't have gone worse for a soon-to-be free agent shortstop. A good 2022 campaign was seemingly setting him up for a big payday, but his first half with the Guardians was dismal.
He received a shot of life after being traded to the Dodgers and appeared as if he was reinvigorated from the jump, but his play eventually cratered and he didn't do a whole lot in his part-time duty throughout the month of September. He was left off the postseason roster in favor of Wong.
If that doesn't tell you he's gone, then we can't help ya.
Will the Dodgers make it the 10th year in a row they pay Jimmy Nelson ~$1 million or so to not pitch for them? We're not being mean, but this just simply has to end. The Dodgers continuously load their payroll with 3-4 injury flyers and they never work out. Nelson hasn't logged an inning for LA since 2021.
He joined the Dodgers in 2020. He's pitched 29 innings since. That's an average of seven per year. Find a new low-cost reliever, for the love of GOD.