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2012 NL West Offseason Review: Los Angeles Dodgers

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After a thorough review of the offseason moves of the other four teams in the National League West, we turn our investigation inward, looking at our very own Los Angeles Dodgers.

In case you missed the rest of the NL West, here are offseason reviews of Arizona, San Francisco, Colorado, and San Diego.

Five Questions

Los Angeles Dodgers
2011 Record: 82-79
Division Finish:
Third place, 11½ GB
2012 Opening Day: Apr 5 at Petco Park in San Diego
2012 Home Opener: Apr 10 vs. Pittsburgh
Other SB Nation coverage: SB Nation Los Angeles

1) Did the season-ending ACL injury to Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers cost the Dodgers Prince Fielder?


2) If the Dodgers had all this money to sign Prince Fielder, shouldn't they have at least made a formal offer to Hiroki Kuroda, who signed for one year, $10 million with the New York Yankees?


3) Will Clayton Kershaw in 2012 become the second Dodgers pitcher ever to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards, joining Sandy Koufax?


4) Will Dee Gordon steal at least 60 bases for the Dodgers in 2012?


5) Did you mail in this final question and answer session of the week?


Dodgers Trades, Etc. This Winter
Team Traded Acquired
Rockies Jamie Hoffmann of (claimed by Colorado)
Orioles Dana Eveland lhp Jarret Martin lhp
Tyler Henson of

Eveland was arbitration eligible and not in the plans for the Dodgers' starting rotation in 2012, so he was shipped off to Baltimore for two players ranked by our own Brandon Lennox as the No. 59 and No. 77 prospects in the Dodgers' system.

Dodgers Contracts Signed This Winter
Pos Player Type Total Contract 2012 Salary
OF Matt Kemp Arb 8-year, $160m $10,000,000
SP Clayton Kershaw Arb 2-year, $19m $6,000,000
SP Aaron Harang FA 2-year, $12m + option $3,000,000
OF Andre Ethier Arb 1-year, $10.95m $10,950,000
SP Chris Capuano FA 2-year, $10m + option $3,000,000
2B Mark Ellis FA 2-year, $8.75m + option $2,500,000
1B James Loney Arb 1-year, $6.375m $6,375,000
IF/OF Jerry Hairston, Jr. FA 2-year, $6m $2,250,000
OF/1B Juan Rivera FA 1-year, $4.5m + option $4,000,000
OF Tony Gwynn, Jr. Arb 2-year, $2m $850,000
RP Todd Coffey FA 1-year, $1.3m + option $1,000,000
RP Mike MacDougal FA 1-year, $1m + option $650,000
C Matt Treanor FA 1-year, $1m + option $850,000
IF Adam Kennedy FA 1-year, $800k $800,000

Matt Kemp signed the largest contract in National League history. That feels good just saying that out loud.

Dodgers Players Lost
Pos Player New Team
SP Hiroki Kuroda Yankees
IF Jamey Carroll Twins
C Rod Barajas Pirates
3B Casey Blake Rockies
RP Jonathan Broxton Royals
RP Hong-Chih Kuo Mariners
P Vicente Padilla Red Sox*
*Minor league deal

Here's my guess as to the Dodgers' 25-man roster:

2012 Dodgers Under Contract
Pos Player 2012 Age* 2012 Salary
C A.J. Ellis 31 team control
1B James Loney 28 $6,375,000
2B Mark Ellis 35 $2,500,000
3B Juan Uribe 33 $8,000,000
SS Dee Gordon 24 team control
LF Juan Rivera 33 $4,000,000
CF Matt Kemp 27 $10,000,000
RF Andre Ethier 30 $10,950,000
OF Tony Gwynn, Jr. 29 $850,000
IF/OF Jerry Hairston, Jr. 36 $2,250,000
IF Adam Kennedy 36 $800,000
3B/1B Josh Fields 29 $500,000^
C Matt Treanor 36 $850,000
SP Clayton Kershaw 24 $6,000,000
SP Chad Billingsley 27 $9,000,000
SP Ted Lilly 36 $12,000,000
SP Chris Capuano 33 $3,000,000
SP Aaron Harang 34 $3,000,000
CL Javy Guerra 26 team control
RHP Kenley Jansen 24 team control
RHP Matt Guerrier 33 $4,750,000
RHP Todd Coffey 31 $1,000,000
RHP Mike MacDougal 35 $650,000
LHP Scott Elbert 26 team control
RHP Blake Hawksworth 29 team control
Totals (19 players)
*Age as of June 30, 2012
^Minor league deal; estimated

I do think Jerry Sands has a legitimate chance to make the opening day roster, and if he does it would be as the primary left fielder, as the club wants him to play every day. However, for that same reason I believe Sands will ultimately begin the season in Triple A Albuquerque unless he absolutely dominates during spring training.

The Dodgers do need power of the bench, which is why I picked Fields to make the opening day roster, but I could see Trent Oeltjen ending up with that final bench spot too. But the players haven't even reported to spring training yet; there will be plenty of time for this battle to play itself out.

Barring injury, there is only one bullpen spot open, with the out-of-options Blake Hawksworth fighting it out with Josh Lindblom and several non-roster invitees.