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Dodgers links: Isotopes, defense, rivalry, and WAR

A look at the projected roster in Triple-A, some more thoughts on Hanley Ramirez and his work at shortstop, Aaron Harang's role, plus a comparison between the Dodgers and Giants.

Nick Evans could play a role in Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
Nick Evans could play a role in Triple-A Albuquerque this season.
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  • Chris Jackson at the Albuquerque Examiner examined the Dodgers' spring training roster and explored the potential roster options for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. It will be interesting to see whether or not the Dodgers promote Matt Magill to Triple-A, or whether they elect to keep him out of the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
  • Bill Plunkett at the Orange County Register wrote more about the work of Hanley Ramirez at shortstop, including some insight from third base coach Tim Wallach, who has worked with Ramirez during extra morning drills this spring:

    "I know as a third baseman you've got a little more time than you do at short," said Wallach who won three Gold Gloves during his 16-year major-league career at third base. "You're going to speed it up with your feet. His hands are good. His arm is plenty good. It's just speeding his feet up because that'll speed everything else up. And he's done that.

    "It's kind of an inner clock that you have when you get used to a position. At third base, you know who that runner is. Your clock tells you, 'I've got to get rid of it.' When you go to shortstop, it's a quicker clock. You've got a lot more to do. You get double-play opportunities where you've got to speed things up. You've gotta get it there. You've gotta get rid of it. That's all the stuff he's been working on and he's looking really good doing it. He's done it with energy which is, at 8:30 in the morning, not always easy to do. But he's done it."

  • As I went directly to Mesa on Wednesday I missed the morning session with manager Don Mattingly at Camelback Ranch, but during that time he mentioned that Aaron Harang, one of eight starters in camp, wouldn't really fit as a reliever.

    "Aaron Harang doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that pitches out of the pen," Mattingly said, per Steve Dilbeck at the Los Angeles Times. "To me he’s more of a guy that paints. He keeps you in the game. He’s just not that guy that’s going in and overpower you."
  • Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle compared the Dodgers and Giants, and had this to say about Los Angeles: "They could run away with the division title, or they could be a complete bust."
  • David Schoenfield at ESPN used 2007 Prince Fielder and 2012 Brendan Ryan to explain the ins and outs of Wins Above Replacement.