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2017 Dodgers roster: A position-by-position breakdown

2017 Dodgers roster: A position-by-position breakdown
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is seen at the team’s spring training camp at Camelback Ranch on Feb. 21.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Starting rotation

Clayton Kershaw:

Finished 2016 with the lowest ERA (1.69) of his career, but in fewest innings since 2008.

Kenta Maeda:

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Despite injury concerns, made team-high 32 starts last season.

Rich Hill:

Had the second-lowest ERA (2.12) among pitchers who threw 100 innings or more last season.

Brandon McCarthy:

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Showed improved command this spring after rocky return from elbow ligament replacement surgery last year.

Hyun-Jin Ryu:

Had 28 wins in 2014-15, but pitched only 4 2/3 innings last season because of a shoulder injury.

Alex Wood:

Underwent elbow surgery last summer, but still considered a useful left-handed arm.

Julio Urias:

Precocious 20-year-old is being kept off the roster to preserve his innings for September and October.

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Bullpen

Kenley Jansen:

Fourth-most valuable reliever in baseball since 2014, according to FanGraphs’ version of wins above replacement.

Sergio Romo:

Defected from San Francisco, where he contributed to a trio of championships and closed out the 2012 World Series.

Grant Dayton:

Armed with a deceptive fastball, the left-hander struck out 13.3 batters per nine innings 2016.

Luis Avilan:

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His changeup makes him useful against both right-handers and left-handers.

Ross Stripling:

Opened last season as a starter; now set to work as a long reliever.

Chris Hatcher:

Capable of generating impressive velocity; he has not been able to generate impressive results.

Josh Fields:

Posted a 2.79 ERA after Houston traded him to the Dodgers last August.

Adam Liberatore:

Set a franchise record for consecutive scoreless appearances in 2016 before undergoing elbow surgery.

Brandon Morrow:

Talented but fragile, he has thrown 82 1/3 innings since 2014.

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Catchers

Dodgers catchers Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes pause at home plate during fielding drills at spring training on Feb. 21.
Dodgers catchers Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes pause at home plate during fielding drills at spring training on Feb. 21.
(Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

Yasmani Grandal:

Led all every-day catchers in the majors with 27 homers last season.

Austin Barnes:

The Dodgers were willing to part with veteran Carlos Ruiz, in part, because of their confidence in Barnes.

Bobby Wilson:

Popular veteran spent five seasons with the Angels.

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First base

Adrian Gonzalez:

Despite a decline in power, Gonzalez hit .297 last season with runners in scoring position.

Scott Van Slyke:

Healthy after surgery to repair the injured wrist that had dogged him since 2015.

Chase Utley:

He brought a first baseman’s mitt to camp as part of his new reserve role.

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Second base

Logan Forsythe:

He averaged 18 homers with a .791 OPS in 2015 and 2016 with Tampa Bay.

Chase Utley:

Took a $2-million contract to return to Los Angeles despite other more lucrative offers.

Enrique Hernandez:

The Dodgers are hopeful Hernandez can recover his ability to hit left-handed pitchers.

Chris Taylor:

Made some changes to his swing that impressed Dodgers officials, and experimented in the outfield this spring.

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Shortstop

Corey Seager:

Led the 2016 Dodgers in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and runs.

Enrique Hernandez:

Hit .190 last season as pitchers avoided feeding him fastballs.

Chris Taylor:

Considered a solid defender at shortstop.

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Third base

Justin Turner:

After a pair of encouraging seasons, he exploded in 2016 with a career-best 27 homers and 90 RBIs.

Logan Forsythe:

Can play all over the diamond, and Manager Dave Roberts considers him an asset at third.

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Left field

Andrew Toles:

Batted .340 in a small sample size, but showed some vulnerability to off-speed pitches.

Franklin Gutierrez:

Hit 12 homers against left-handed pitchers in 2016 with an .884 OPS.

Andre Ethier:

Missed almost all of last season with a broken leg, which the team believes has finally healed.

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Center field

Joc Pederson:

Cut down on his strikeouts and finished with an impressive .847 OPS.

Enrique Hernandez:

Missed most of spring training while playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

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Right field

Yasiel Puig:

Despite declining performance against right-handed pitchers, he gets another shot to be an every-day player.

Scott Van Slyke:

Can also handle center field in an emergency.

andy.mccullough@latimes.com

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