How the Dodgers’ Roster Changes with the September Expansion

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Who’s Getting Called Up?

The Dodgers have opted to bring up four different players who have spent most of 2018 on the Dodgers’ minor league rosters, following the expanding of rosters with the turning of the calendar month. Below are the guys they chose.

Alex Verdugo

Verdugo has played the majority of his season in Oklahoma City with the AAA affiliate of the Dodgers, where he has recorded 379 plate appearances and holds a .329 batting average. The choice to call up Verdugo was obvious, as MLB Pipeline lists him as the Dodgers’ top prospect. However, lots of fan’s complained that this move to bring him up should’ve happened sooner.

Andrew Toles

Toles went down with an ACL injury in 2017, after getting off to a scorching hot start with the big league club, and has only seen Major League playing time for seven games since the season-ending injury. However, Toles has played 71 games for the Dodgers’ AAA affiliate and holds an average of .306 in that time. Toles most definitely would be an everyday starter on nearly any of the other 29 MLB rosters, but with the Dodgers’ unbelievable depth in the outfield, Toles has gotten the short end of the stick.

Tim Locastro

Locastro made his MLB debut late last season as a “base-stealing specialist” and did an interview with me on Instagram earlier this year about the experience (view the interview here). This season, Locastro has played 89 games between the AZL Dodgers and Oklahoma City Dodgers with an on-base percentage of .397 and 19 stolen bases. Look to see Locastro in situations where the Dodgers need someone to draw a walk or steal a base.

Kyle Farmer

Farmer suffers from the same struggle that Andrew Toles does; the Dodgers’ depth. He has spent the season with the Oklahoma City Dodgers when not on the big league roster, holding a respectable OPS of .785 through 312 plate appearances. Expect to see Farmer off the bench in pinch hit situations down the stretch. Austin Barnes’ defensive superiority will likely continue to earn him starts over Farmer on Yasmani Grandal’s off days.

The New Arrivals

‘Dodgers Acquire Ryan Madson from Nationals’

Shot-callers in the Dodgers organization preached that Ryan Madson’s 2018 statistics don’t fully reflect his body of work after dealing for him early in the day on playoff eligibility waiver deadline day. The team dealt MiLB pitcher, Andrew Istler to Washington along with agreeing to pay the remaining $1.3M on Madson’s contract. Madson will look to be the regular 8th inning bridge to a Kenley Jansen close.

‘Dodgers Acquire David Freese from Pirates’

The Dodgers made a buzzerbeater deal with Pittsburgh on Saturday night that wasn’t announced until minutes after the deadline. Reports circled online forums saying that the Dodgers were in pursuit of a right-handed batter prior to the 9pm PT postseason eligibility waiver deadline. This news began to stir with about two hours left before the finish line as the Dodgers contacted a handful of teams. It wasn’t until the final moments that the Dodgers and Pirates agreed on a deal that would send veteran right-handed infielder, David Freese to Los Angeles. In return, the Dodgers sent Jesus Manuel Valdez, a player from the team’s Dominican Summer League team, to Pittsburgh.

Activations and Deactivations

Activated from the DL: Utley, Rosscup

The Dodgers officially activated Chase Utley and Zac Rosscup from the disabled list with the expansion of rosters. Both players were recently placed on the 10-day DL; Left wrist inflammation for Utley, left calf strain for Rosscup.

Done for the Season: Goeddel

To make room for the activation of either Utley or Rosscup, the Dodgers placed Erik Goeddel on the 60-day DL with right elbow inflammation, prematurely ending his season. Goeddel appeared in 26 games for the Dodgers with a 3.38 ERA.


Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.