4 Dodgers Who Don’t Belong on the 40-Man Roster

These four players need to be gone from the Dodgers' 40-man roster. Find out who they are and why it's crucial for the team's success.

Sep 28, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Miguel Rojas (11) delivers a
Sep 28, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Miguel Rojas (11) delivers a / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Spring Training is upon us, and that means it's time for teams to really focus in and get their rosters set for the 2024 MLB season.

For the Los Angeles Dodgers, there are a ton of roster spots that are obvious. Few teams are loaded with as much top-end talent, and that can make it feel like we're kind of coasting with roster decisions at times.

But the organization can't afford to be complacent. Injuries happen. Some players fail to live up to the hype. Guys get tired and worn down without enough rest. Depth is cruciall important, and the bottom of the 40-man roster can't be ignored.

That's why these four players need to be gone from the Dodgers' 40-man roster.

1. Austin Barnes

Dead-last among Dodgers position players in bWAR and last across any position in fWAR, Austin Barnes has probably over-stayed his welcome on the Dodgers' 40-man roster.

At 33 years old, you're probably not expecting Barnes to suddenly turn things around with a resurgence. And for a guy who slashed .180/.256/.242 across 200 plate appearances in 2023? That makes it really hard to justify a roster spot.

I understand that the Dodgers don't need an elite catcher behind Will Smith, but it's not going to be hard to get a better option than Barnes. Letting a career Dodger go heading into his 10th season with the franchise doesn't feel great, but it's one of those tough business decisions you've gotta make.