Dodgers Rumors: Los Angeles Needs to Clear Spots to Add Rich Hill

The first day of the Winter Meetings is complete but every team is working 24/7 to perfect their roster for 2017. The Dodgers might have a tough time deciding which free agents they want to choose due to their finances.

Rich Hill was being eyed by the Dodgers on Saturday which was reported by Peter Gammons of MLB Network. The contract details were specified as a three-year, $40 million + starting in 2017.

Earlier this week, there were five other potential teams looking at the 36-year-old pitcher but now the Dodgers have a problem.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Dodgers roster has filled up 39 spots of the 40-man roster. This will cause a problem if the Dodgers want to sign other potential players.

The other two options, Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, who have a history of injuries in 2016 are fighting for the No. 2 stop behind Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers are going to pursue Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, and Chase Utley to secure some dominance in the roster.

Now Dodger fans will have to keep on waiting to find out what their club will do next during Day 2 of the Winter Meetings.

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will hold his Winter Meetings media session on Tuesday at 12 p.m. PT. Hopefully he will address what everyone wants to hear.

When do you think the Dodgers will close this deal with Rich Hill? Or will they?

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  1. Dodgers will undoubtedly remove Farmer, DeJong and Rhame off the 40-man roster after the Rule 5 draft on Dec 8th.  It was the only reason these three were put on the roster to protect them from the draft. So… no story here.

  2. Skythomsen  Farmer, DeJong, and Rhame cannot simply be removed from the 40-Man.  They would have to be waived, and would be subject to a team claiming them off waivers.  That would defeat the whole purpose of putting them on the 40-Man as protection from teams that may want them.  It actually is more of a risk, because the team that claims the player would not have to keep them on the 25-Man for the whole year as they would with a Rule 5 Draft.  So there is no chance any of those three are coming off the 40-Man. 

    But your overall point remains valid…no story.  The Dodgers have multiple players that they can DFA to make room.  Vidal Nuno, Chris Hatcher, Carlos Frias, among others.  Plus DeJong and Rhame could be potential trade candidates if the Dodgers do decide to make some moves.

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