The Dodgers announced that catcher Rocky Gale has been outrighted off the 40-man roster on Tuesday afternoon. The move foreshadows possible future trade deadline improvements by clearing roster space. Gale has been considered a break glass in case of emergency fourth catcher behind Will Smith, Austin Barnes and Russell martin.
With the emergence of Smith (in addition to other top prospect Ruiz) the Dodgers don’t need Gale anymore and his roster spot is more important than keeping him off the roster. For the record, the 31-year old journeyman backstop has been a decent defensive catcher. However he has been a horrendous hitter in his short stint in the majors. Overall Gale has notched just two base hits in 17 plate appearances between 2018-2019 with the Dodgers. He’s batting just .133 this season and has just one extra base-hit in the majors (a 2017 home run with San Diego) and has never drawn a walk in the majors.
C Rocky Gale was outrighted to OKC by the Dodgers, opening a 40-man roster spot as the Trade Deadline approaches. Gale is the third catcher on an OKC club that has top catching prospects Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 24, 2019
Gale has spent most of the season at Oklahoma City where he has batted just .250 in 109 plate appearances. Note that he is a .277 hitter as a minor leaguer over parts of nine seasons. The move means the Dodgers now have 38 roster spots available. I do know that MLB does not like for those vacant roster spots to stay empty for long, so that tells me that a trade or two may be in the works. With only about a week until the July 31 trade deadline, I would expect the Dodgers to announce a trade or possibly two very soon.