Since taking over the Los Angeles Dodgers, Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi retooled the team by trading away Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp while also acquiring Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick.
In dealing for the new players, the Dodgers didn’t have to move their highly coveted prospects allowing for the team to continue rebuilding their farm system. However, the Dodgers will be without two minor leaguers for 50 games after pitcher Robert Carson and outfielder Theo Alexander both failed their second drug tests, according to J.P. Hoornstra of Los Angeles Daily News:
Dodgers minor-league pitcher Robert Carson and outfielder Theo Alexander were suspended 50 games on Tuesday for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
The pitcher spent the 2014 season bouncing around the minor leagues while spending most of his time at Triple-A Albuquerque. In 18 games with the Isotopes, Carson drew a 5.40 ERA and a 2-5 record as a reliever. The Dodgers had originally invited Carson to Spring Training but will no longer be reporting as a result of his failed drug test.
Before coming to the Dodgers organization, Carson was with the New York Mets and appeared in 31 major league games during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Over the two years, he pitched 33.0 innings with a 6.82 ERA.
As for Alexander, the Dodgers selected him during the 2012 Amateur Draft’s seventh round and has played at the Rookie class since. In 2014, he spent time in Ogden while seeing action in 43 games with a .217 batting average.
Spring Training is just around the corner with pitchers and catchers reporting to camp February 19. Positional players come in nearly a week later, February 26. The first game will be against the Chicago White Sox on March 4.