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Dodgers May Look to Integrate Talent from Minor League Levels To Fill Holes in 2023

When Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Brandon Gomes met with the media earlier this week, most of the focus was understandably on L.A.’s NLDS debacle and how the franchise will recover and regroup.

But one comment from Friedman that has kind of flown under the radar gives a little insight into how the Dodgers might look to build their team for 2023.

“We have a number of really talented minor-league players right now at the upper levels. And part of our focus this offseason will be, how many to look to integrate early in the year? How many of them will kind of serve as depth throughout the year, get some experience and then be part of the core going forward? All are things that we’re going to have to work through this offseason.”

Some of those talented minor leaguers include Miguel Vargas, James Outman, and Michael Busch on the offensive side and Bobby Miller, Ryan Pepiot, and Gavin Stone on the pitching side. Vargas and Outman got cups of coffee in the big leagues this year, and Pepiot got a little more than that.

Shortstop Trea Turner is about to be a free agent, veteran Justin Turner has a team option L.A. needs to decide on, and center-fielder Cody Bellinger is a prime candidate to be non-tendered. If they wanted to, the Dodgers could move Gavin Lux back to his natural position of shortstop and install Busch at second, Vargas at third, and Outman in center. Similarly, with Clayton Kershaw, Tyler Anderson, and Andrew Heaney all heading into free agency, Los Angeles could make plenty of room for Miller, Stone, and Pepiot if they wanted to go that route.

It’s hard to picture the Dodgers going with that much of a youth movement, but it illustrates the decisions Friedman and Gomes have to make over the coming months.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. I’m for it. The Atlanta Braves did it and it’s working. The problem is the Manager has to be right. Roberts is not the guy. Terry Francona would be perfect.

    1. Ha, Cleveland fans are just as ignorant about baseball as Dodger fans. Dodger fans have been against Dave Roberts all year, 111 wins later the offense goes ice cold and “it’s all Roberts fault for being eliminated because of pitching decisions made” ? As soon as the Guardians were eliminated their fans wanted Terry Franconia’s job despite taking the lowest salary AND the youngest team in the majors to the playoffs. Some baseball fans think with their heart and not baseball knowledge. Guess you could consider those folks more like cheerleaders than managers.

      1. 111 wins is great but if you can finish the job what is the point and it’s not like this hasn’t happened multiple times. Also his pitching decisions have been questioned for years this isn’t a shocker.

  2. Agreed 100%. I would put Andy Pages on that list too. Outman has power, Busch can hit for contact, Bobby Miller is a beast in the making (they better not trade him). Vargas will get his shot next year. Dodgers should shop Will Smith this offseason for a starting pitcher, then bring up Cartaya. I’m more excited about the minor leaguers’ potential than this current roster.

      1. Because he has major value, but is also currently blocking possibly the dodgers most talented minor leaguer. I wouldn’t give Will away but if there is value to be had I would look at it for sure.

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