Alright, as promised in the postseason thread, my 2018 Dodger roster prospectus.
Ethier - If he doesn't retire they'll buy him out at $2.5M. The $17.5M vesting option is a non-starter.
Gonzalez - I hate to say it, but I hope he retires. His replacement is here and with his antics of ditching the team for Italy then sneaking back only to be told to leave again he's a distraction at this point.
Granderson - Peace out.
Darvish - He choked himself out of a contract.
Kazmir - If he's healthy try to get something out of him. Otherwise hopefully he joins A-Gon instructing fantasy camps.
Forsythe - His playoff performance earned him an option pickup.
Watson - Can let him walk with other options.
So, what do we have?
#4 and #5 - Plenty of wiggle room here. McCarthy's still on the hook for $11.5M. You also have Ryu, Kazmir (if healthy), Maeda (see below), and the rookies. Ideally, Buehler gets the #5 spot. Also ideally? They put together a package and bring in a replacement for Darvish (Throw one of Stewart/Stripling and some minor leaguers). Or maybe throw money at Lance Lynn?
9th - Jansen
8th - Morrow (PAY HIM!)
7th - Maeda
Lefty Specialists - Cingrani, Avilan
Long relief: McCarthy? Ryu?
Catcher: Barnes/Farmer. Throw Grandal in a trade package.
1B: Bellinger. A-Gon maybe as a backup if he doesn't retire. Forsythe can spot start.
2B: Forsythe. Taylor/Hernandez can cover as well.
SS: Seager. Hernandez/Culberson (if they re-sign him) can plug in there as well.
3B: Turner. Spot starts by Taylor, Forsythe, etc.
CF: Pederson/Taylor platoon with Taylor shifting to LF/IF?
LF: Taylor/Hernandez/potential trade or FA (JD Martinez?)
I get that they're trying to cut payroll but with most of the obscene contracts coming off of the books next year and the year after they can stand to make a couple high-profile signings.