The Los Angeles Dodgers outrighted Terrance Gore to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, per the club’s transactions page. In doing so they have freed up another spot on their 40-man roster, which is down to 31 players.
Offseason business began the morning after the World Series, when Pedro Baez, Kiké Hernandez, Jake McGee, Joc Pederson, Justin Turner, Blake Treinen and Alex Wood reaching free agency. Then on Friday, the Dodgers declined their club option on Jimmy Nelson for the 2021 season.
Gore joined the organization when he signed a Minor League contract in February. He was added to the Dodgers’ player pool in late July in order to be eligible to play this season and the 29-year-old earned a spot on the Opening Day roster.
However, he did not appear in any games before getting designated for assignment one week later as a corresponding move to the Dodgers adding Victor Gonzalez to the active roster from the taxi squad during a road trip.
Gore cleared waivers and remained with the Dodgers, spending the rest of the season at their alternate training site. Despite never appearing in a game during the regular season, Gore was on the Dodgers’ playoff roster for the Wild Card Series and National League Division Series.
He didn’t appear in a postseason game before being removed from the NL Championship Series roster, which remained unchanged for the World Series.
Gore thoroughly impressed by Dodgers organization
When Gore was DFA’d and cleared waivers, he had the option to sign with another club. Gore revealed in October that he nearly decided as much.
“I was really, really close to actually going to another team, but something just told me to hang it out,” he said. “I love the club. I even told my agent I really like the Dodgers.”
Part of what convinced Gore to remain with the Dodgers was their vast resources. “I don’t know what it is about the Dodgers but the way you guys go about your business and the way you teach players to play the game of baseball like mechanics, you got so much stuff I’ve never even seen in my life,” Gore explained.
“Really blown away by the stuff and technology you guys have over at the Dodgers. … You guys got like a DVR. It puts up any pitcher you want to and it throws a pitch at you. It literally looks like the pitcher is in front of you and you hit off of it. Stuff like that, I’ve never seen anything like that.
“All the hitting drills, the hitting coaches, the tennis balls, Will Smith had a neck brace on his neck one time. I came over here and I was like, ‘What in the world is going on over here?’ But after a while it clicked to me what these guys are actually doing. Everything is for a purpose. I was just really amazed.”
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