Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 110 – Jansen, prospects, Moncada, Olivera

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I rejoice as spring training has finally arrived. Baseball will be happening soon.

Kenley Jansen had foot surgery, and we’re both in agreement that the team should try to fill his spot from within. The free agent options are less than appealing in terms of quality and cost. In other “injury” news, Zack Greinke‘s had a lubricating injection in his right elbow. There’s no need to worry. He had the same injection the last two springs. It’s really nothing to worry about.

The Dodgers made a couple of low-risk signings over the weekend in Brandon Beachy and Dustin McGowan. We’re both in agreement the reward of the signing outweighs the risk, especially if one or both are able to regain and semblance of their former selves.

Baseball America released its Top 100 prospects, and the Dodgers’ Big 3 was represented quite well (Corey Seager 5, Joc Pederson 8, Julio Urias 11 … Grant Holmes checked in at 74). Yoan Moncada will be No. 10 on the list when he signs with a team.

Editor’s note: Moncada signed with the Red Sox on Monday morning, making the talk about him moot. But please, still listen.

Speaking of Moncada, a decision could come this week. While media reports infer the Dodgers’ interest is waning, I’m not sure I believe it. The organization also has to choose between Moncada and Yadier Alvarez, as Alvarez was declared ineligible to sign before July 2. Hector Olivera, who has still not been cleared to sign, is still a possibility.

As always, we close with a strong Q&A segment. Thank you for all the questions. And thank you for your support in donating to the Patreon. We are able to go to spring training to cover the team (Jared more than I) because of this.

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.