While the Los Angeles Dodgers have a mildly comfortable 4.5 game lead in the National League West, they’ve hit a mild scuffle in recent days. They’ll likely work their way out of the funk shortly but if they don’t, there will be reinforcements on the way.
With MLB rosters set to expand on September 1st, the Los Angeles Dodgers are planning to call up a handful of prospects, two of which will include Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero.
That’s the word from Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colleti who confirmed the news to ESPN’s Jim Bowden on Sunday morning.
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) August 17, 2014
Joc Pederson was one of the most in-demand names during the pre-waiver trade deadline in July as multiple teams inquired about the five-tool outfielder, including the Tampa Bay Rays who were requesting he be included in any trade for David Price.
There were conflicting reports regarding the Los Angeles Dodgers desire (or lack of) to include Joc Pederson in any deal, though the team has reportedly had concerns about his maturity level this season which is part of the reason why he’s spent the year in Triple-A.
Another reason would be the rash out outfielders currently employed by the Dodgers, thus a lack of playing time. However with minor league seasons over by September 1st, there isn’t much reason to leave Pederson on the farm as he could help contribute to a playoff birth for the Dodgers.
Along with Pederson, infielder Alex Guerrero is expected to be called up as well and could very well see a significant amount of playing time if the Dodgers attempt to give Hanley Ramirez time off in the final weeks of the year.