Dodgers Roster Bubble Projections: Who are the last three in, first three out?
By Adam Weinrib
The Los Angeles Dodgers, for the first time in a long time, are turning over a number of their most prominent positions this spring. In addition to rebirth, that's also led to a lot of uncertainty.
Gavin Lux was supposed to grab the mantle as the team's everyday shortstop, but instead tore his ACL and LCL in Spring Training action (KFCBarstool probably still blames the issue on the World Baseball Classic somehow). Miguel Rojas will start in his place, with rookie Miguel Vargas taking over second base.
But which other unfamiliar players will be a part of the Dodgers' changing of the guard? Based on Spring Training performances, word of mouth and hints, we can fill in the rest of the outfield picture with at least some level of confidence. The bullpen? That's mostly guesswork. As of now, these three players feel like they'll sneak onto the Opening Day roster, shoving the next three off.
Honorable mention? Reliever Andre Jackson, who still has less MLB experience, and is probably another tier below this trio.
3 Players Who Will Be Left Off Dodgers Opening Day Roster, and 3 Who'll Sneak On
Last Three on Dodgers Roster: Jason Heyward, OF
Jason Heyward has all but guaranteed himself a spot on the Opening Day roster, according to Dave Robert (and per his long-lasting friendship with Freddie Freeman). While he's tailed off over the course of March while trying to translate his new swing to game action (eight hits in 38 at-bats, though two of them have left the yard), it's now very obvious the Dodgers signed him after already having bought in on the work he'd done (and the chemistry he'd bring).
Freeman didn't need to audition for a Dodgers roster spot this spring; he just needed to maintain one. He'll nab one of the final two bench spots. The other one will likely go to...