Despite my best efforts to get the Dodgers to keep Trayce Thompson and Chris Taylor, they ended up deciding to cut both along with Bobby Wilson and Julio Urias to get the Dodgers down to 30 players in camp. However, as mentioned over and over, five of those players are currently slated to start the season on the DL, so this is essentially the 25-man Opening Day roster (barring injury).
Speaking of that roster, here it is:
Rotation: Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu
Bullpen: Kenley Jansen, Sergio Romo, Grant Dayton, Ross Stripling, Alex Wood, Luis Avilan, Chris Hatcher
Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Austin Barnes
Infielders: Adrian Gonzalez, Logan Forsythe, Justin Turner, Corey Seager, Chase Utley, Enrique Hernandez
Outfielders: Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles, Franklin Gutierrez, Scott Van Slyke
It’s a 25-man Opening Day roster that’s among the best in baseball, but as I’ve been saying they’ve likely left up to a half-dozen better players in the minors. It’s likely silly to get agitated over that reality since the whole strength of the Dodgers is that they will have all those guys still in the organization should anything go wrong, and the gap isn’t that significant anyway, but it is something to remember.
Still, this is definitely the most complete roster the Dodgers have had in a while, and a realistic goal for the Dodgers in 2017 is a win total in the mid-90s and a World Series. Always a good thing.