It appears my fear of the Dodgers not participating in free agency this winter is slowly but surely becoming a reality. This evening the Dodgers announced the additions of several prospects to the 40-man roster to protect them from the upcoming rule 5 draft. Several players were designated for assignment in order to clear roster space and one was given his unconditional release. In doing so the Dodgers now have a full 40-man roster. Get ready for Austin Barnes starting catcher in 2019. I cringed as I wrote that.
The Dodgers added right handed pitcher Yadier Alvarez, Infielder Matt Beaty, infielder Edwin Rios, catcher Keibert Ruiz and right handed pitcher Josh Sborz to the 40-man roster. In order to do so the Dodgers designated the following players for assignment, Erik Goeddel, Zac Rosscup, and infielder outfielder Tim Locastro. The Dodgers also gave Tom Koehler his unconditional release.
To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated RHP Erik Goeddel, LHP Zac Rosscup and INF/OF Tim Locastro for assignment, while also giving RHP Tom Koehler his unconditional release.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 21, 2018
Of the prospects listed above, none of them have seen major league action. Rios is a power hitting corner infielder that saw time with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Beaty is another corner infielder that spent time with OKC as well. Sborz and Alvarez are pitching prospects both in their early 20’s with high ceilings. Ruiz is the Dodger’s top catching prospect. It remains to be seen if any of these prospects will help the major league club.
As far as the players designated for assignment, we wish them well, but they all sucked. Rosscup and Locastro were especially useless. Tom Koehler never made a single pitch for the Dodgers in 2018 and could be one of the worst offseason acquisitions of the Andrew Friedman era. Koehler indeed was a horrendous pick-up joining the likes of Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson and Alberto Callaspo.
That concludes the Dodger’s offseason. The Dodgers are now finished this winter as their 2019 roster is now firmly set. Kevin Quackenbush becomes the Dodger’s lone free agent pitching acquisition this hot stove season. We’re living in the Andrew Friedman era folks.