Dodgers non-tender Louis Coleman, making him a free agent.

Louis Coleman was not tendered a contract offer by Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline, making him a free agent. The right-handed reliever was the club’s only non-tender candidate to hit the open market Friday.

That means that catcher Yasmani Grandal, outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf, and pitchers Alex Wood, Vidal Nuno, Josh Fields and Luis Avilan remain without contracts in their arbitration-eligible years. The deadline for these players to exchange salary figures with the team is still more than a month away.

The Dodgers have 39 players on their 40-man roster, leaving them eligible to participate in the Rule 5 draft at next week’s Winter Meetings.

Coleman, who made the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee out of spring training, had a 4.69 ERA in 61 appearances out of the bullpen in 2016. He was left off the Dodgers’ playoff roster.

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Dodgers agree to terms with Chris Hatcher and Scott Van Slyke.

The Dodgers agreed to terms on one-year contracts with two players Thursday: pitcher Chris Hatcher and first baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke.

According to the Associated Press, Van Slyke’s deal is worth $1,325,000 and Hatcher’s contract is worth $1.25 million.
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The many possibilities for Yasiel Puig suddenly include a trade.

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Yasiel Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers Tuesday. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

DENVER >> Yasiel Puig might return to Major League Baseball with another organization before he plays his next game for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Puig was claimed on revocable trade waivers by a mystery team Tuesday, according to a report earlier today on the website TodaysKnuckleball.com (and confirmed in subsequent reports that the Marlins, Mariners and Braves did not claim him).

The Dodgers can try to work out a trade with the claiming team, though such trades are rare. It’s possible that a rival team with no interest in Puig claimed him, merely to block him from being traded to a team that was willing to offer the Dodgers something of value. This kind of gamesmanship is not rare in August.

In either case, Puig isn’t among the planned roster call-ups for Sept. 1, when teams can carry up to 40 players on their active roster. Manager Dave Roberts recently said that Austin Barnes and Louis Coleman (who is on the disabled list) would be the first men up, along with Casey Fien, who was activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

So what is the plan for Puig, who’s slashing .369/.414/.631 at Triple-A Oklahoma City?
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Julio Urias, Josh Fields replace Adam Liberatore, Louis Coleman in bullpen.

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Louis Coleman has made 50 appearances out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season, second only to Joe Blanton. (imgur.com)

The Dodgers officially recalled Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The right-hander will start tonight’s game in Colorado, the second start of his major league career.

While that move was expected — Stewart was in Denver with the Dodgers on Monday — a couple unexpected faces showed up before today’s game. Left-handed pitcher Julio Urias and right-handed pitcher Josh Fields will be available out of the bullpen tonight. Fields, who was acquired from the Houston Astros before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, will wear number 46.

Two of the Dodgers’ steadiest relievers this season are going on the 15-day disabled list: Louis Coleman with right shoulder fatigue and Adam Liberatore with left elbow inflammation.

Additionally, outfielder Andrew Toles was optioned to Triple-A along with pitcher Josh Ravin. Ravin hasn’t pitched this season while serving an 80-game performance enhancing drug suspension, which expired today.

Pitcher Clayton Kershaw was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. He isn’t eligible to be activated before August 27. That doesn’t materially affect his timetable for recovery, since Kershaw hasn’t begun a throwing program. Kershaw has a mildly herniated disc in his lower back and hasn’t pitched in a game since June.

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Some roster moves are coming after today’s game.

DENVER — Outfielder Carl Crawford and pitcher Louis Coleman will be added to the Dodgers’ roster for tomorrow’s game against the Miami Marlins. That means that two spots will have to be cleared after today’s game against the Colorado Rockies.

The Dodgers have carried eight relievers all this week, which manager Dave Roberts said would be the case prior to their road trip to Atlanta and Denver. It’s possible if not likely that this will change once the Dodgers return home. Zach Lee is an obvious candidate to return to Triple-A; I explained why in today’s notebook.

Three other relievers (Adam Liberatore, J.P. Howell and Luis Avilan) throw left-handed, and it isn’t often that a team keeps three lefties in a seven-man bullpen. Liberatore and Avilan can both be optioned to the minors. The Marlins have five left-handed hitting position players — more than most teams — so it isn’t inconceivable that Liberatore and Avilan both stay. It just seems unlikely based on precedent.

File all of this under the category of “educated guess.”

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