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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Says Franklin Gutierrez Has Made Team

Mar 7, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Franklin Gutierrez (28) bats against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Late-signee Franklin Gutierrez has had a brutal spring. Dave Roberts is aware, but confirmed he’s made the roster anyway.

Gutierrez has hit .129 this spring.

Roberts confirmed Gutierrez is a platoon player. Aside from his struggles versus righties, the outfield depth further adds to the complications. Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, Andrew Toles, Trayce Thompson, Scott Van Slyke, Brett Eibner and Kike Hernandez are all competing for at-bats. Some won’t make the roster, but note that when Cody Bellinger is promoted, most of his playing time will also come from the corner outfield.

A team with that much outfield depth opting to hold on to perhaps the worst performer speaks of Roberts’ confidence in Gutierrez’s improvement. That said, if the regular season starts slow as well, the Dodgers have no shortage of alternatives.

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  1. Roberts has been drinking his own bath water along the front office duo. What has Guitierrez done to deserve being on any major league roster?

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