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Next season's team
The Dodgers have some holes to fill before next season. Let's take a look at a projected 25-man roster if the season started today:
Second base: Micah Johnson,
Third base: Rob Segedin
Left field: Andre Ethier, Andrew Toles
Center field: Joc Pederson,
Right field: Yasiel Puig, Trayce Thompson
Starting rotation: Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias, Brandon McCarthy,
Right now, the Dodgers need a second baseman, a third baseman, a setup man and a closer.
Let's cross our fingers and hope the Dodgers re-sign
2. Brian Dozier, Minnesota. Dozier had a career year in 2016, hitting .268 with 42 homers and 99 RBIs. He will be 30 next season and is a career .246 hitter. He is owed $6 million next season and $9 million in 2018, so the price is right.
The bad news: Getting any of these players (especially Kinsler or Dozier), would require trading someone like Jose De Leon, Cody Bellinger or Alex Verdugo.
Who would you acquire? Follow me on Twitter and let me know.
Forgive us our debts
Times baseball writer Bill Shaikin had a very interesting article last week on how the Dodgers face a mandate to reduce debt in order to conform to
The rule generally limits debt to no more than 12 times annual revenue, minus expenses. The Dodgers were not profitable in any of their first three full seasons under new ownership, co-owner Todd Boehly said last year. The team debt is believed to be in the hundreds of millions.
You can read more about this by clicking here.
Former Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, best known for giving up Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning homer in 1951, died last week.
While most remember him for the Thomson homer, Branca was a three-time All Star and won 21 games for the Dodgers in 1947. He handled the aftermath of the homer with grace, and he and Thomson became friends years later while attending baseball card shows. Thomson probably summed it up best when he said that Branca was "as good and decent a man as God ever put on this Earth."
For a good remembrance of Branca, go here.
The Dodgers help open the 1982 Emmy Awards show. Watch it here.