Predicting the Dodgers' Opening Day roster

Going into Spring Training, here's an early look at who'll play where

February 10th, 2019

Manager Dave Roberts said his club needed a "change in cast members" this offseason.
, and are incoming, with , , , and among the outgoing. The Dodgers' spring questions center on the health of shortstop and closer .
Here's a first look at a possible Opening Day roster.
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Catcher (2): Martin,
Both have plenty to prove -- Martin (36 on Friday), after his fire-sale trade back to the Dodgers, and Barnes, coming off a dreadful offensive season. Neither has Grandal's bat, but there's more to catching than hitting homers and pitch framing.

First base (2): ,
The Dodgers know what they're getting from Freese, who torments left-handed pitching. Nobody expected Muncy to hit 35 homers after beginning last season in the Minor Leagues, and nobody knows if he can do anything like that again.

Second base (1):
He fell well short of his 2017 breakout last season, but reuniting with hitting guru Robert Van Scoyoc is promising, and Taylor's defensive versatility is underappreciated.
Third base (1):
Just keep him healthy. called Turner the "heart and soul" of the club three years ago, and he wasn't wrong.
Shortstop (1): Seager
It's still iffy that he's ready for Opening Day after elbow and hip operations, but he gets the benefit of the doubt until he's ruled out. Taylor and can fill in.

Outfield (4): , Pollock, ,
Much is needed from Pollock, the key offseason acquisition, starting with good health. Even with him, the outfield looks pretty left-handed without Kemp and Puig, but Taylor and Hernandez will show up there frequently.

Utility (1): Hernandez
Roberts said Hernandez, who posted an .806 OPS, was one of the most valuable players on the club last year because he can play anywhere.
Starting pitcher (5): , , , ,
As nice as it would have been to add , this remains the deepest rotation in the league.

Relief pitcher (8): Jansen, Kelly, , , , , , Caleb Ferguson
Kelly is a significant upgrade. The big question is Jansen, coming off heart surgery and vowing that he'll take Spring Training seriously after last spring's ill-conceived light schedule.

Here is a first look at a possible Opening Day roster.
Austin Barnes
Russell Martin
Max Muncy
Corey Seager
Chris Taylor
Justin Turner
David Freese
Cody Bellinger
A.J. Pollock
Joc Pederson
Alex Verdugo
Enrique Hernandez
Clayton Kershaw
Walker Buehler
Rich Hill
Hyun-Jin Ryu
Kenta Maeda
Kenley Jansen
Joe Kelly
Pedro Baez
Ross Stripling
Scott Alexander
Tony Cingrani
Julio Urias
Caleb Ferguson