One of the most difficult parts of having a stacked roster is being able to cut it down to just 30 guys. That is exactly where Dave Roberts finds himself in trying to build the Dodgers roster. Doc revealed a few things following the exhibition win over the Angels, including the future of one guy that has impressed.
AJ Ramos was a dominant All-Star caliber reliever as recently as 2016. It was then with the Mets that he locked down 40 saves and was striking out more than 10 guys per 9 innings. A series of should injuries eventually led to his downfall and missing all of the 2019 season. With that in mind, he was the perfect reclamation project signing for Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers.
Ramos has impressed in his limited appearances thus far, most recently in Tuesday night’s game. Ramos came into the game in the top of the 8th and allowed two guys to reach base. After that, he struck out three straight Angels to get out of the jam. After the came Dave Roberts revealed where he would start the season with the Dodgers.
AJ Ramos will NOT break with Dodgers camp.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) July 22, 2020
Most were a little bit surprised to hear that Ramos would bot be making the Opening Day team. But in looking back at his work, he didn’t get into too many games or pitch all that much when he was in. The Dodgers will have him report to the USC facility to stay sharp when the season starts.
New reliever Jake McGee, signed literally today, will make the team per Dave Roberts. McGee got roughed up in his debut, giving up two solo shots. But McGee also revealed after the game that he was asked by the Dodgers front office to drive from Colorado to Los Angeles. The team felt he would be safer driving than flying, so he just got here on Monday. We’ll cut him some slack for tonight’s outing.
The bullpen should be all but set with the announcement of Ramos not making the team, though rosters will not be entirely unveiled as of yet.