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Cody Bellinger (shoulder) is expected to be ready for Opening Day, according to Manager Dave Roberts. (Source: Jorge Castillo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bellinger injured his shoulder in the final game of the 2020 World Series, and underwent surgery this offseason. Bellinger scuffled in 2020, batting .239 with 12 home runs and a .789 OPS.

Category: Injury Updates

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Edwin Rios "has earned more playing time at 3B," per Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. (Source: Bill Plunkett on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Roberts ruled out Justin Turner, who they re-signed last week, playing at 1B to get Rios more time at the hot corner but he acknowledged that the 26-year-old certainly deserved more playing time. Turner, who is 36-years-old will get more off days, which should clear a path for Rios to play more. Rios slugged eight home runs with a .946 OPS over 76 at-bats last year and has been a popular late-round pick in fantasy drafts. The Turner re-signing squashed some of the hype but he's still an intriguing name to watch.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says catching prospect Keibert Ruiz has yet to report to spring training due to a visa issue. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz is one of the top catching prospects in baseball and should be in line to see more playing time in the big leagues this season. Of course, he's currently blocked by Will Smith, which limits his fantasy value. Ruiz is a name to monitor in dynasty league formats.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Joe Kelly has still yet to throw a bullpen due to soreness. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Roberts didn't elaborate as to what exactly the issue is, but Kelly figures to be a bit behind other Dodgers pitchers in camp. Still, as of now there isn't reason to suspect he won't be ready for the start of the season.

Category: Injury Updates

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw threw his first bullpen on Saturday in Arizona. (Source: J.P. Hoornstra on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kershaw is coming off a fantastic season that culminated in his first ever World Series championship. In 10 starts during the regular season he posted a fantastic 2.16 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP, and he's once again being treated as a top-12 starter in early drafts this spring.

According to Juan Toribio, Justin Turner likely won't spend time at first base per Dave Roberts. Edwin Rios may spell Turner at third to give Turner days off. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Justin Turner typically misses time throughout the season, so building in off-days for him makes sense. Before Turner signed back with the Dodgers, Edwin Rios was a buzzy name. If Turner gained first base eligibility that would be nice. However, it sounds like he'll only stick at third in 2021.

Category: Rumors

According to Juan Toribio, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts notes that Brandon Morrow is healthy. (Source: Juan Toribio on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brandon Morrow last pitched in 2018 when he recorded 22 saves for the Cubs with a 1.47 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 25.4% K%, and 7.4% BB% in 30.2 innings. Only a name to monitor at this point, but he's not fantasy relevant.

Category: Rumors

Jimmy Nelson, who missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing back surgery, was included in the list of eight potential starting pitchers for the Dodgers when manager Dave Roberts spoke with reporters on Thursday. (Source: Eric Stephen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Even though the Dodgers have eight possible starting pitchers they won't employ an eight-man rotation, obviously. Nelson has only pitched 22 innings over the last three seasons due to injuries. His last season of any significance was in 2017 when he went 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 199 strikeouts over 175 1/3 innings for the Brewers. The big right-hander will have some pretty stiff competition to beat out if he wants to crack the starting rotation this year.

Category: Injury Updates

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Kenley Jansen will open the season as the team's closer. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "He's earned that opportunity to start off the season as our closer," Roberts said. This isn't huge news as Jansen has been closing for the Dodgers since 2012. However, his effectiveness has waned in recent years and he particularly struggled in the 2020 playoffs. It would take a pretty rough start for LA to turn away from him as the primary closer. Fantasy players should consider him a safe source of saves entering spring training.

The Dodgers and Rangers have struck a deal that sends reliever Josh Sborz to Texas. In return, minor league pitcher Jhan Zambrano will head to the Los Angeles organization. (Source: Los Angeles Dodgers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sborz, 27, is a former second-round pick who appeared in four games last season, allowing just one run on two hits over 4.1 innings. He had been in DFA limbo, which explains the Dodgers' urgency in finding a trade partner. Heading back to Los Angeles is Zambrano, a 19-year-old pitching prospect from Venezuela who posted a 2.55 ERA in the Dominican Summer League nearly two years ago.

Category: Transactions

Austin Barnes agreed to a two-year, $4.3 million deal with the Dodgers, avoiding arbitration, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barnes originally asked for $2 million for 2021 in arbitration with the Dodgers offering $1.5 million. So the catcher gets a bit of a raise here with a $300,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million salary in 2021 with a $2.5 million salary in 2022. He batted .244/.353/.314 with one home run and nine RBI over 86 at-bats for the Dodgers in 2020 and will back up Will Smith this upcoming season.

Category: Transactions

Adam Kolarek traded to A's

Fri, Feb 12th 12:02pm EST
By Brendan Tuma

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports the Dodgers are trading LHP Adam Kolarek to the A's in a four-player deal. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kolarek appeared in 20 games for the World Series champions last year. He'll serve as a lefty specialist in Oakland's bullpen.

Category: Transactions

Walker Buehler avoided arbitration by signing a 2-year, $8 million deal with the Dodgers. The deal includes a $2 million signing bonus, and includes several $500K contract escalators based on games started and Cy Young Award finishes. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buehler did not get a big deal because this was his first year going through arbitration, and will be eligible for it again once this contract is up. Given that there are incentives for games started, it will be interesting to see how the Dodgers handle him in a year where he pitched just 60 innings in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Julio Urias agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the Dodgers to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Urias gets a pay raise after putting up solid numbers during the 2020 season. He registered a 3.27 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 45:18 K/BB ratio over 55 innings (10 starts). He was also excellent during the postseason when he compiled a 1.17 ERA across 23 innings (six appearances, two starts).

Category: Transactions

Corey Seager agreed to a one-year, $13.75 million deal with the Dodgers to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seager gets a much deserved pay raise in what was his final year of arbitration eligibility. He put together a phenomenal 2020 season when he slashed .307/.358/.585 with 15 home runs and 41 RBI over 212 at-bats. He performed even better in the postseason when he smacked eight bombs en route to taking home the MVP in both the NLCS and World Series.

Category: Transactions

David Price may not come back to pitch in 2021, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. (Source: Ken Gurnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Roberts said "he doesn't know" if Price will come back to pitch, which is pretty vague. Price opted out of 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns so perhaps he's just weighing his options and seeing how things play out as the nation is still struggling with pandemic. There is still plenty of time between now and the start of spring training but this is a situation worth keeping an eye on. Price is an intriguing fantasy arm if he does indeed decide to come back in 2021.

Mookie Betts, along with Freddie Freeman and Manny Machado was named as a finalist for the 2020 NL MVP award (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Betts was traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers during the 2020 offseason. His impressive performance was one of the main reasons the Dodgers won the World Series. Betts was terrific in his first campaign with the Dodgers, slashing .292/.366/.562 with 16 home runs, 39 RBI, 47 runs and 10 stolen bases over 246 plate appearances. The 28-year-old OF won the AL MVP Award in 2018.

Victor Gonzalez earned the win on Tuesday as he allowed no runs and no hits while striking out three over 1 1/3 innings in the Dodgers 3-1 win over the Rays to clinch the World Series title.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez replaced Pedro Baez in the top of the fifth inning with two outs and a runner on base and was able to induce an Austin Meadows ground out to end the inning. He then came back out for the sixth inning and struck out the side. The Dodgers took the lead in the following frame while Gonzalez was still the pitcher of record so he was credited with the win. The Dodgers took home their first World Series title since way back in 1988.

Category: Game Recaps

Tony Gonsolin was handed a no-decision on Tuesday when he allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and two walks over 1 2/3 innings in the Dodgers 3-1 win over the Rays in Game 6 to win the World Series.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the fact manager Dave Roberts said that Gonsolin would be used as a starter as opposed to an opener, the right-hander had a very short leash. After giving up a solo shot to Randy Arozarena in the first inning, he worked his way around a single and a walk to end the threat. He then gave up a double and another walk in the second before being replaced by Dylan Floro. The Dodgers pen took care of business from there, though, as the Rays were blanked the rest of the game. The Dodgers are now World Champions for the first time since 1988.

Category: Game Recaps

Max Muncy went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk as the Dodgers took down the Rays 4-2 in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Muncy belted a solo bomb off Tyler Glasnow in the top of the fifth inning to put the Dodgers up 4-2, which would prove to be the final score in the game. The first baseman also drew his 20th walk of the playoffs giving him an impressive 20:20 K/BB ratio over 56 at-bats. He's also sporting a .268/.461/.500 batting line with three home runs and 14 RBI.

Category: Game Recaps