Roster Expansion Likely to Bring Back Some Familiar Faces

This Tim Federowicz picture, by Ron on Flickr, is cool enough that I’m putting up with the annoying watermark.

Tomorrow is September 1, which means that rosters expand, and I’d much rather indulge in some good old-fashioned rosterbation than think about another listless performance which spoiled an otherwise perfect Vin Scully day. So let’s get to it – who are we likely to see come up to bolster the corps?

First, a clarification. Yes, you need to be on the 40-man roster to be called up, and the Dodgers already have issues where that’s concerned, with four “dead” spots already. I say that because we’re not going to see Yasiel Puig (not ready), Alfredo Silverio (injured), or Jerry Sands & Rubby De La Rosa (in that weird “player to be named” trade stasis), yet they all take up spots on the 40-man. With the 40-man otherwise full and spots that will need to be cleared for Dee Gordon at the least and potentially Ted Lilly, Tony Gwynn, or Bobby Abreu as well, it’s incredibly unlikely that everyone’s favorite PCL Pitcher of the Year, John Ely, makes a return to Los Angeles this year.

Second, even though a team can in theory activate their entire 40-man roster if they choose, teams never do. The Dodgers usually call up between 5-7 additional players every year, and there’s little reason to think that will change. In fact, because of the unending run of injuries we’ve seen this year, we’re not likely to see many new faces at all. Of the entire 40-man roster, the only guys who have been healthy and with the organization all season who didn’t make it to Los Angeles at some point were Tim Federowicz, Matt Angle, & Chris Withrow. So these are mostly guys that we’ve seen already in 2012.

The only exception to that is Federowicz, who we saw in 2011 anyway. He’s a given, because every team carries a third catcher in September, but it’s unlikely to happen immediately, since the Isotopes are currently in first place with their season ending on Monday. It doesn’t make for good organization relations for the parent club to ruin the playoff push of an affiliate unless it’s an emergency, so Federowicz and friends probably stay down for another week or so. Federowicz is having a good season in ABQ (though with the typical massive home/road OPS split of .984/.701) and is all but certain to join A.J. Ellis with the big club in 2013.

In addition, expect to see some righty power added in Alex Castellanos & Scott Van Slyke, who will mainly serve to make us groan when Nick Punto is used as a pinch-hitter instead or when they sit idly by while Andre Ethier flails at a low-and-away breaking ball from a lefty. Dee Gordon will add some speed off the bench, as will Elian Herrera, who can also provide positional flexibility, though I’d be shocked if he ever got another start.

On the pitching side, up-and-down Javy Guerra (who just allowed four runs in 1/3 of an inning to Triple-A Round Rock) and Josh Wall are almost certain adds, and probably Stephen Fife as well – but only as a long man out of the bullpen.

So there’s your eight potential call-ups: Federowicz, Van Slyke, Gordon, Castellanos, Herrera, Wall, Guerra, and Fife. That actually feels like one too many, so it wouldn’t surprise me if either Van Slyke or Herrera didn’t get the invitation after all, and – while I am unaware of any potential handshake deals struck when they agreed to go to Albuquerque – I just don’t see a role for Gwynn or Abreu right now.

The issue we haven’t yet solved is that by activating Gordon, the Dodgers would be one over on the 40-man roster. While it may tempting to fire up the “DFA Juan Uribe!” chant again, it’s not going to happen right now. You could DFA Angle, or promote & disable Silverio, but I have a feeling this is all going to work itself out – either Chad Billingsley or Scott Elbert or both is going to end up having arm surgery and miss the remainder of the year.

Now, can someone, anyone, please start to hit while the season still matters?

630 comments
Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

Baseball is its own answer to any questions about its inherent strangeness and frustrating nature. 

 

BASEBALL. 

drh
drh

Mike, apologies if you've answered this elsewhere, but how do you see the Juan Uribe situation playing out?

TheWerg
TheWerg

This is totally off-topic, but are there any fans of Magic: The Gathering here? The players' championship is down to the end now and has been some awesome viewing for MTG fans.

 

I'll go hide in my mom's basement now.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

I think I might go to the game tonight because 1) Free ticket vouchers 2) Friday night fireworks and 3) it can't be any worse than last night.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

in my opinion this team needs kemp and gordon healthy together, they were the heart and energy of this team at the beginning of the year, then kemp got hurt, then dee got hurt, and we havent gotten them together. The two of them are the sparks this team needs in my opinion, even if dee isnt playing very much when he gets back

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Gnat fans crying about their schedule... Night game in houston followed by a trip to chicago for a day game.... lol again GNAT fans CRYING about THEIR SCHEDULE... gimmie a break

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Hey... Octoberfest beer coming to stores near you..... i are excite.

TheWerg
TheWerg

 @DavePomerantz Teddy Roosevelt got shot mid-speech, and finished the speech. I just can't see him losing this thing.

Solis
Solis

@drh Wasn't that covered in an article called 'Wish I could slap Juan Uribe's Mama'?

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

game-wise.  Scully-wise, last night was top-notch.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @JakeHorvitz Disagree.  Gordon's speed was valuable, but he was otherwise mediocre and putting him in the lineup requires moving Cruz or Hanley, which ain't gonna -- nor should it -- happen.

Bill Grabarkewitz
Bill Grabarkewitz

@Gilbert_Vengeance When I went to the Kershaw Cy Young replica night, they were on eBay by 6:30.

Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)
Dave! (but probably Justin Turner, maybe)

 @TheWerg Agreed, he was my first choice... but Lincoln and Jackson had some pretty badass moments too. Once, while giving a speech, Lincoln saw a man assaulting another man, and picked him up by the neck and the seat of his pants and tossed him. Jackson walked around with a club, and killed people in duels.

TheWerg
TheWerg

 @ThtsaPaddlin Saying that to yourself is a guarantee that it will, in fact, be worse than last night.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @ThtsaPaddlin  @JakeHorvitz hah who would have thought we would be preferring Luis Cruz over Gordon at the start of the season. Who even knew who Luis Cruz was?

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

 @ThtsaPaddlin  @JakeHorvitz I actually think Horvitz is right, despite agreeing with Mr. Paddlin about Dee's skills this year. Who on this team right now shows daily excitement? Early in the year, that was Kemp, Kershaw, Gordon and Gwynn, primarily. With Gwynn gone and Kershaw preserving his energy (and coming off two frustratingly unsupported outings), Kemp banged up and the rest of the team appearing to be a bunch of grumpy, grizzled veterans, we could use someone in the dugout who is actually excited to be there. It even seems they've stopped doing the "I see you" thing.

Baseball is a tough, long season, but if you lose the thrill of being there and having fun at the game, you will lose. Exhibit A: Boston 2011.

efb
efb

 @ThtsaPaddlin  @JakeHorvitz Do you think Dee should have been a part of the trade then? If not, where do you see him placed with Hanley playing SS for the next couple years.

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

 @ThtsaPaddlin theres a guy Buy it Now.. Vin, Koufax, and Fernando 90 bucks.... hes a top seller too has the game tickets with them as well

TheWerg
TheWerg

 @Mike Petriello  @Gilbert_Vengeance Most of my friends have gone, although I have not, and by all accounts it should be an absolutely awesome experience. The only unfortunate aspect is that you are not single.

TheWerg
TheWerg

 @DavePomerantz No doubt, Lincoln was a badass. Jackson was pretty damn tough too, but I just don't like him that much as a person because of all the Native American stuff. So that's why I gave the edge to Teddy in that matchup, karma. I think Lincoln might beat Teddy in terms of physical superiority but Teddy was one of the toughest mofos around. I give the edge to Teddy even though I agree with Lincoln's politics much, much more.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

 @ThtsaPaddlin  @JakeHorvitz Yeah, in this situation, I think it's the best place for him.

I would probably give him some spot starts and stick him in at leadoff and "give Victorino a rest" because I have this feeling that like last year Dee will come back from his injury a better player and Victorino is going to be a .250 hitter the rest of the year/career.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @TheWerg  @ThtsaPaddlin I think Dee can be productive. Really I would like Cruz as a back up utility infielder with good D and pop. Better than Sellers

TheWerg
TheWerg

 @EephusBlue  @ThtsaPaddlin I would like this a lot if we are confident Dee can be productive. If not I'd rather give Cruz another shot at the thing, or, even better, go after an upgrade at the hot corner.

TheWerg
TheWerg

 @ThtsaPaddlin Why not leave Hanley at short? He's bad, but he's not truly abominable or anything. His offensive production is much more valuable from short, and it's easier to come by a third baseman. I agree with Jake that Dee's energy and general disposition was important to this team's morale early on, but I don't think it necessarily had a major impact on the course of the season.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

I don't see Hanley at SS for the rest of his Dodger career.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @Gilbert_Vengeance There was a guy wandering around in the parking lot offering a $20 to everyone.  Probably should have been out there in the 7th when all the lame ass fans left.

Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

@Gilbert_Vengeance @ThtsaPaddlin godless killing machines!