Los Angeles Dodgers Roster Expansion: Six Players Who Could Earn Spots in 2011

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Los Angeles Dodgers Roster Expansion: Six Players Who Could Earn Spots in 2011
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The reinforcements have finally arrived for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Although September 1 was the official day that all Major League teams were permitted to expand their rosters up to 40 players, the Dodgers finally made a series of call-ups on September 5.

Initially it was thought that Los Angeles would pass on giving the fans a sneak peek at the stars of the farm system; however, after the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, were eliminated from playoff contention, a handful of moves were indeed made.

All indications are pointing to a turbulent signing cycle this winter, and depending on which potential free agents are offered arbitration, Dodgers' fans may be in for a preview of what's to come in 2011.

While Los Angeles continues to barely grasp at the possibility of a playoff berth, it's probable that most of the minor leaguers won't see any significant amount of playing time—at least until the Dodgers are mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

For some players, this may be the final opportunity to prove whether or not they have any value whatsoever at the big league level.

For others, having the chance to at least taste the big league atmosphere is invaluable. Taking batting practice, shagging flies, traveling with the squad, and just spending time with the veterans are very precious stepping stones in a farm hand's career.

The following frames display the six players that have been activated, show statistical analysis for each, and offer commentary on how they may contribute to the Dodgers' franchise moving forward.

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