OK, let’s talk about the greatest catcher of all time: Johnny Bench! Wait… wrong bench. I meant that we should talk about the Dodgers 2014 Bench.
Right about now, I can name just one player who will almost certainly be part of the Dodgers bench in 2014: Tim FedEX (I can’t spell Federowicz) is the only one I can pretty much guarantee will be there. The Dodgers need a backup catcher and I can’t see Butera or some of the non-roster invitees beating him out. Beyond that, it’s a crap-shoot!
Chone Figgins has a shot, as does Brendan Harris, but neither are likely at this point. Dee Gordon has to have a good spring to make it. On the other hand, if he does and Alexander Guerrero has a bad spring, Gordon could end up the starter at 2B. Again, that’s not likely the way it will go down, but it’s possible. It’s always possible that Figgins or Harris could win a starting position, but also not likely. Justin Sellers is on the roster, but if he wins a spot, the bench will be the weaker for it! I refuse to even consider Miguel Rojas – he has to show me!
Mike Baxter or Joc Pederson could make the team as extra outfielders or not. Scott Van Slyke would seem to be a logical choice as he can backup LF, RF and 1B, but he has to hit this sporing to make the team.
The bullpen has lots of questions, too… but that’s another discussion.
How the bench looks will depend a lot upon Alexander Guerrero and ZIPS aside, we really don’t have a clue! All we have is wishful thinking!
What do you think the bench will look like on opening day?
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