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Dodgers News: LA Announces National League Division Series Roster

With the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and the Padres starting tonight, Los Angeles released their official NLDS roster this morning. Here are the 26 players chosen by manager Dave Roberts, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, and their staffs.

Pitchers (13):

  1. Yency Almonte
  2. Tyler Anderson
  3. Tony Gonsolin
  4. Brusdar Graterol
  5. Andrew Heaney
  6. Tommy Kahnle
  7. Clayton Kershaw
  8. Chris Martin
  9. Dustin May
  10. Evan Phillips
  11. Blake Treinen
  12. Julio Urias
  13. Alex Vesia

Position Players (13)

  1. Austin Barnes
  2. Cody Bellinger
  3. Mookie Betts
  4. Freddie Freeman
  5. Joey Gallo
  6. Gavin Lux
  7. Max Muncy
  8. Will Smith
  9. Chris Taylor
  10. Trayce Thompson
  11. Justin Turner
  12. Trea Turner
  13. Miguel Vargas

While there are no major surprises on the roster, there were a few areas of intrigue over the past week or so. May has been battling to return from the injured list, but manager Dave Roberts had said last week he wasn’t guaranteed a spot even if he was healthy, and then Roberts reiterated on Monday that they might want to keep May off the roster to help him build up more length for a potential spot on the NLCS roster. All that seemed to be building up to May being left off the roster, but he’s in there.

With May on the roster, that leaves no room for Craig Kimbrel, Caleb Ferguson, or David Price. It wouldn’t be surprising to see any of those guys in future rounds (or even this round, if an injury came up), but they’ll start the postseason as part of the cheering squad.

On the position player side, the only real question at the end was whether Vargas or Hanser Alberto would fill the final bench spot. In the end, they went with the rookie Vargas over the veteran Alberto, at least for this first round.

The NLDS begins tonight at Dodger Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:37 pm Pacific Daylight Time.

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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 think that it is a shame to limit the post season to only 26 players, thus depriving a number of good players a chance to compete in the post season games. This is especially so after the players have gone through a 162 game season and are a bit worn out. Why not at least 30?

    1. You have to put a cap somewhere. We’re spoiled as Dodgers fans because our franchise is so unbelievably deep. Rosters have always been at 25 until recently. I think 26 is good. 30 is too much.

  2. I think more and more they are rivals – the Padres have been adding on substantial pieces – of course not rivals to the scale of the Giants but rivals nonetheless

  3. Think the front office sent a message to players with this roster. It’s not the try hard league. They don’t need cheerleaders, or washed up closers. They are there to win. Time to put up or shut up

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