Ahead of their early start with the Seoul Series against the Padres on March 20, Dodgers pitchers and catchers were the first in baseball to report to spring training on Thursday, with their first full workout on Friday. The rest of the squad will be at Camelback Ranch in Glendale by Feb. 14 — all 40 players on the roster and the Dodgers' 20 non-roster invitees.
This marks the beginning of the end of a historic offseason for the Dodgers, which loaded their 40-man with enviable depth on pretty much all fronts. The biggest names are obviously locks for the lineup and rotation, but there will also be a few open spots that the five Dodgers starters, nine Opening Day bats, and handful of standout bullpen arms won't occupy and could be open for the taking.
Spring training will feature a mix of major and minor leaguers, some with an almost absurd amount of job security and others who will be fighting to make it to the 26-man.
Dodgers spring training roster cut tracker: Who will make Opening Day roster?
The Dodgers might not have quite as much work cut out for them as some other teams when it comes to trimming; their Opening Day lineup will most likely not feature any surprises, nor will the rotation, recently rounded out at five with James Paxton (with Emmet Sheehan in reserve for a possible six). Evan Phillips, Brusdar Graterol, Ryan Brasier, and Joe Kelly are also all but guaranteed to have reserved spots in the bullpen.
So a generous estimate would leave the Dodgers about eight 26-man spots up for grabs. Could one of them be taken by No. 8 prospect River Ryan, an NRI? Or maybe Daniel Hudson, who was demoted to the minors after a rocky major league year?
This page will stay on top of cuts as they come throughout the spring season, so come back as games start on Feb. 22.