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Dodgers Roster: LA Declines Options on Hanser Alberto and Jimmy Nelson

The Dodgers are officially making moves this offseason. On Tuesday, the team announced that they declined the 2023 club options on infielder (and star closer) Hanser Alberto as well as right-hander Jimmy Nelson.

Nelson didn’t pitch at all in 2022, after undergoing Tommy John Surgery during the 2021 season. He had a $1.1 million option for 2023.

As for Alberto, he played in 73 games for the Dodgers this season. He hit .244 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 156 at-bats. His value came in his presence in the dugout, as he was always on the top steps cheering on his teammates, and seemed to be the No. 1 cheerleader in the Dodgers’ clubhouse.

Alberto also turned out to be a pretty good “closer”, appearing in 10 games on the mound to the tune of a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings pitched. He also was responsible for one of the better moments from the Dodgers’ 2022 season, when he struck out Josh Bell in a 12-1 blowout win over the Padres at Dodger Stadium.

Both players officially enter free agency, and will be able to sign with any team they choose.

If this is the end of their Dodger careers, it was great having both of them on the team!

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  1. Hoping that the lack of news on JTurn’s option means they are working out a return of sorts.

  2. Alberto had to have been about the worst move they have made in a year. Since Mckinnley and the inept bench last year. Nelson was a dumpster dive and can’t be trusted. The Dodgers very rarely go after solid contact hitters such as Marte or a Correa type. If you look at the World Series winners, they always have high contact hitters that even know how to bunt to a wide open vacated side of the diamond. How many times did Roberts have men on base, and the entire left side of the diamond open and wouldn’t bunt? Always going for the Home run.

    It will be a blessing next year when they won’t allow the shift, so the Dodgers won’t have to continue to get burned by their shifts in big games. At least Roberts won’t won’thave the chance to be so predictable.

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