Though the season is still in doubt there has been some movement towards putting something together. The owners have made a proposal and now it is time for them to negotiate with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). One important item that came out was some possible extra roster spots.
The active rosters are expected to be expanded from 26 players to 30, with a 20-man taxi squad consisting mostly of an organization’s top minor-league players being available all season. – Bob Nightengale
With the roster expansion, I’m sure that will mean some more pitching but there has to be some more position players added also. Even with the evil Designated Hitter coming into play the Dodgers could use some more flexibility.
The current Dodgers catching at the Major League level, barring injury, will be Will Smith and Austin Barnes. Keibert Ruiz will definitely be on the taxi squad as he is on the 40-man roster. The Dodgers have two more non-roster catchers in Rocky Gale and Jose Lobaton. I’m a big believer in Smith but Ruiz is not ready. Barnes has proven that he is a strong defensive catcher but the offense has vanished from his arsenal.