Most of the focus this winter will be on the major league free agents, and rightfully so, as those are the names we know. But the offseason is rich with minor league free agents as well, players who didn’t end their 2020 seasons on a 40-man roster.
At Baseball America, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle reported the initial list of 422 minor league free agents now that the season is over, not that there was a minor league season to begin with in this pandemic-infested year.
Terrance Gore is the only one of the group of 13 Dodgers minor league free agents to play in the majors this season, having played in two games during the regular season and was included on the club’s postseason roster for two rounds.
Catcher Rocky Gale played in the majors for parts of the 2018 and 2019 season, and was instrumental in helping develop pitchers at the alternate training site at USC during this year, and he was with the club in Arlington, Texas as part of the Dodgers postseason player pool, though he was not active during any rounds.
Other Dodgers minor league free agents who were non-roster invitees to regular spring training this year include outfielder Anthony Garcia, pitchers Edubray Ramos, Reymin Guduan, Kyle Lobstein, and Zach McAllister, as well as utility man Connor Joe, who didn’t play after having surgery for testicular cancer in March.
Other Dodgers minor league free agents, per Baseball America, include Matt Lipka, Gersel Pitre, Luis Vasquez, Anthony Vizcaya, and Jared Walker.
- That the Dodgers won the World Series this season was no small feat, but the accomplishment seems even more remarkable when considering that two starting pitchers who left after the 2019 season — Kenta Maeda (by trade) and Hyun-jin Ryu (via free agency) — will finish in the top three in American League Cy Young Award voting this year, as announced by the BBWAA on Monday.
- Hall of Fame announcer Jaime Jarrin called the Dodgers’ championship run from an empty Dodger Stadium, and reflected on it all with Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times.
- Don Drysdale, who is already in Cooperstown as a player, is among eight finalists for the 2021 Ford C. Frick Award, the Hall of Fame’s honor for broadcasting excellence. Drysdale called major league games for five teams over 23 seasons, including the Dodgers from 1988 until his death in 1993. This is a perfect time to listen to Drysdale’s call of Kirk Gibson’s home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, courtesy of Josh Suchon.
- Among the players and coaches to tell Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports what they were looking forward to once the Texas “bubble” was over were Dustin May and George Lombard, both of whom couldn’t wait to get home to their new houses. Also featured within: Kiké Hernández, Cody Bellinger, and Dino Ebel.
- The Dodgers championship video from MLB Productions will be available on December 8. Here is the cover art: