Dodgers have tons of holes to fill and little money to fill them


Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts put together an interesting piece breaking down the Dodgers’ projected payroll for next season, concluding that they will have spent about $90 million “before they make a single offseason move.”
Obviously the Dodgers have plenty of holes to fill and because of the ugly ownership situation it’s unclear if they’ll even have much payroll space above that $90 million. Part of the problem is that they’ll be paying around $17 million next season to Jason Schmidt, Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, and Juan Pierre, none of whom are actually still on the team.
Weisman does the math and speculates that the Dodgers “almost certainly will trade or non-tender” at least one of Jonathan Broxton, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, James Loney, or Russell Martin. Even setting aside the payroll issues Broxton and Kemp seem pretty likely to be shopped hard by general manager Ned Colletti, and they’re slated to make a combined $14 million or so in 2011.

Shawn Tolleson becomes a free agent

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The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.

Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.

Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.

Indians strongly considering starting Carlos Santana in left field sans DH

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against Marco Estrada #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday,’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.

Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.