Dodgers’ 7 Disappointing Outcomes from Spring Training

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Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier (16) on the field during batting practice before game two of the NLDS against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier (16) on the field during batting practice before game two of the NLDS against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 8, 2017; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Mexico first baseman Adrian Gonzalez against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a 2017 World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Mexico first baseman Adrian Gonzalez against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a 2017 World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez has had an off and on Spring Training thus far. At first, he was said to have something as minor as tennis elbow. He then went to go play in the World Baseball Classic for a few games, just to come back and have a sore elbow again. Gonzalez did play in Friday’s game, against the Diamondbacks, for the first time since leaving for the WBC.

Between Friday and Saturday’s games, Gonzalez went 3-6 with an RBI and a walk. Roberts has already let the media know that he plans on resting Gonzalez more this year than he did last. Gonzalez will be turning 35 this season and we have already seen his performance slowly start to decline. It’s hard to say how good of a season he will be capable of having due to injuries and time off.

However, just having the presence of someone like Gonzalez in the locker room is huge for the team. It’s hard to see the Dodgers getting rid of Gonzalez anytime soon, but with Cody Bellinger quickly making a name for himself, it’s pretty clear Gonzalez will be losing his starting job by 2018 (when his contract ends).

Depending on Gonzalez’s productivity, you never know what the Dodgers may try to do, considering they still need that power right-handed hitter. I don’t believe this is a huge possibility, but the Dodgers are in a win-now mode. If someone were to offer up the right price for the veteran first baseman, we may see Bellinger called up a little earlier than planned.

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