So it's time for spring roster stories, our favorite guessing game. This year it's even more fun, or at least complicated, what with the Dodgers actually looking at three or four different rosters.
But they leave Sunday for Down Under, so time is running out on this compressed
They can take 30 players to Australia to play in the exhibition game against its national team, have 28 available (but only 25 active) for the two games against the Diamondbacks in Sydney, and then it's back to the regular 25-man active roster the following Sunday in San Diego.
Plus there are additional moving parts.
Plus, the team the Dodgers send to Australia is unlikely to be exactly the same one they open with against the
Here are your seeming locks for the 25-man roster in Sydney, even if in Greinke's case he won't physically be there:
First base —
Second base —
Third base — Jose Uribe
Starting pitchers —
That’s 21 right there. Infielder
If the Dodgers are looking at Maholm as their emergency starter for Sydney, then they'll carry at least one additional reliever. There's little doubt they want Paco Rodriguez, but they need to carry impressive Rule 5 draft pick Seth Rosin on the roster or offer him back to Philadelphia, so the guess is he'll make the team at least for now. Rodriguez could figure as one of the extra three for the two-game Diamondback series, but seems assured of making the trip.
They’ll need another outfielder, and if Crawford makes trip
And there’s your 25, plus at least two in reserve. The Dodgers may like to take an additional starting pitcher in reserve, and this seems like a good time for prospect Zach Lee to be around the big club.