The Dodgers appear to have made their final decision on their Opening Day roster. Dave Roberts said on Monday that the last spot they needed to fill out would be a bullpen piece. Scott Alexander and Dennis Santana were battling it out to fill that final spot.
Per Jorge Castillo of the LA Times, the final spot will go to Scott Alexander. The timing is interesting since Alexander got his hard in his last outing with the Dodgers on Monday night. He allowed 1 run to come across but struggled with his command throughout the appearance.
Santana had been having a pretty decent Spring for the Dodgers, though he did fall off a bit towards the end. He made 8 total appearances and tallied 10 strikeouts across 8.1 innings of work. At just 24 years old, he still has some things he can work on at the minor league level.
For Alexander, this might be his last shot with the Dodgers big league club. It was widely believed that he would be non-tendered during this past offseason, but they surprisingly offered him a deal for the 2021 season. He will make $1 million for the year.
The Dodgers will carry 13 pitchers on their roster to start the year. They will also have plenty of length with starters David Price, Tony Gonsolin, and Jimmy Nelson in the bullpen. That means that Alexander will likely be used in a limited fashion for the year, more than likely against stacked left-handed hitters.