The Dodgers have boasted about their roster depth all season. Now, one statistic neatly sums up just how often they’ve needed it.
The Dodgers are one of two teams without a current 40-man roster player who hasn’t seen action in a major league game this season. The New York Mets are the other.
It’s not unusual for teams to exhaust their 40-man rosters in September, when active rosters expand from 25 to 40. To do so in mid-August is rare; the Dodgers achieved the feat when Rich Hill made his debut on Aug. 24.
Hat tip to Jason Martinez, found/director of content for rosterresource.com, for doing the research on this.
Yasiel Puig has been playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City for all of two days since he was demoted by the Dodgers at last week’s trade deadline.
Already, Puig has explored the boundaries of “team bonding.”
A sequence of videos posted to Puig’s Snapchat account, and uploaded to Twitter by user @RothOfKhan, show Puig yelling obscenities, listening to loud music, and drinking beer with a sizeable contingent of Oklahoma City Dodgers teammates.
Here are all the videos. They come with a not-suitable-for-work, strong language warning:
Yasiel Puig went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Sunday. It was his first game at Triple-A ever, and his first game since anywhere since sunday.
When the Dodgers failed to find a trade partner that would take Puig at the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, they placed the 25-year-old outfielder on release waivers before sending him to the minor leagues. Puig hadn’t played a game at any level since collecting three hits for the Dodgers last Sunday.
Puig hit a bases-loaded double in his final at-bat in the Dodgers’ loss to the Iowa Cubs. Here’s a video of the hit:
Wearing number 46, Puig reportedly did not arrive at the ballpark until 45 minutes before first pitch.
The Dodgers extended their affiliation agreements with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Double-A Tulsa and low Single-A Great Lakes on Wednesday.
Minor league affiliation agreements last two years at a time. Each affiliation agreement was set to expire at the end of this season.
In the case of Triple-A Oklahoma City, the announcement was a formality. The Oklahoma City Dodgers are owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mandalay Baseball Properties, which was founded by Dodgers co-owner Peter Guber.
Tulsa is in its second season as a Dodgers affiliate, while Great Lakes is in its 10th.
“We’re tremendously excited about extending our Player Development Contracts with Great Lakes, Tulsa and Oklahoma City,” Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ director of player development, said in a statement. “We are excited to see our relationship with these great franchises continue to blossom and are especially grateful for the leaders we’ve gotten to work with at each affiliate, as they have been an integral part of our development of the young men in the Dodger organization. We are honored to participate in this process with each partner and know we will continue to see strong returns from these relationships.”
Josh Fields appeared in 15 games out of the Houston Astros’ bullpen this season. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers acquired pitcher Josh Fields
from the Astros in exchange for minor league first baseman Yordan Alvarez.