Jose Dominguez came out of spring training as one of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ bright shining stars, but may have lost his spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen due to a subpar showing in Australia. Dominguez gave up three runs in one-third of an inning in the Dodgers’ 7-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The performance was nothing like Dominguez’s spring training, where the hard throwing right hander didn’t give up a run in 8 innings pitched.
With the Dodgers stacked bullpen, it’s easy to see how one performance like Dominguez’s could result in his demotion to the minor leagues.
For one, Dominguez has options to go to the minor leagues. Players like Chris Withrow and Brandon League would have to be put through waivers and accept a minor league assignment to stay with the team. In both of those player’s situations, it’s hard to see the Dodgers keeping them as an outcome.
The second has to do with League’s contract. League is owned $15 million over the next two years and would force the Dodgers to eat all of that money with his release. While the Dodgers have been big spenders as of late, 15 million dead dollars is way too much for any MLB club. The Dodgers’ front office will probably want to give League one more chance before eating his contract.
Third, Dominguez is still a young player at just twenty-three years old, he could still use some seasoning at the minor league level. Imagine Dominguez in two years. That’s a scary thought.
Dodger fans shouldn’t worry about the team’s bullpen. They have plenty of great arms and will be one of the best bullpens in the MLB.