Los Angeles Dodger pitchers and catchers will report to spring training in Glendale, Arizona, Thursday — the start of the team’s latest quest for its first World Series championship since 1988.
The 21 pitchers and three catchers on the 40-man major league roster and nine non-roster pitchers and two catchers invited to the major league team’s spring training camp are scheduled to undergo physicals Thursday and have their first workout Friday.
Position players report on Monday and the first full-squad workout will be on Tuesday.
Oddsmakers have made the Dodgers the No. 2 choice to win the World Series behind the New York Yankees. Their odds improved with the trade with the Boston Red Sox that brought them outfielder Mookie Betts, the 2018 American League MVP, and left-handed pitcher David Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, in exchange for outfielder Alex Verdugo and two minor leaguers.
Verdugo hit .282 in 158 games with the Dodgers over three seasons with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs. The Dodgers also received cash considerations.
The Dodgers also completed a second trade Monday, sending right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda, who had a 47-35 record in four seasons, a minor leaguer and cash considerations to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for rookie right-handed reliever Brusdar Graterol.
The Dodgers signed three free-agent pitchers during the off-season — left-handed starter Alex Wood, who had pitched for them from 2015-18, right-handed reliever Blake Treinen and right-handed starter Jimmy Nelson.
Three Dodgers who were free agents opted to sign with other teams — left-handed starter Hyun-jin Ryu signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, left-handed starter Rich Hill with the Minnesota Twins and right-handed reliever Yimi Garcia with the Miami Marlins.
Other departures since the Dodgers 2019 season ended with a five-game loss to the eventual World Series champion Washington Nationals in a National League Division Series included catcher Russell Martin, who remains unsigned, and infielder David Freese and utility player Kristopher Negron, who both retired.
The Dodgers will begin spring training play Feb. 22 against the San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, Arizona. They will play in Southern California for the first time in 2020 March 22 in a Freeway Series game at Angel Stadium against the Los Angeles Angels; play at Dodger Stadium for the first time in 2020 on March 23 against the Angels and open the regular season March 26 against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
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