It’s no secret that this Dodger team has not had much success against left-handed pitching. The front office added some pieces this offseason but is there another move looming to acquire a right-handed bat to help this offense?
Last season the Dodgers posted an MLB worst .214 team AVG against left-handed pitching. This offseason they made minor moves in order to help solve this predicament. Moves like acquiring Brett Eibner and Franklin Gutierrez went under-the-radar. Even the trade for Logan Forsythe wasn’t seen as a big deal because fans had their eyes on bigger names like Brian Dozier and Ian Kinsler.
Franklin Gutierrez was specifically brought in for his ability to mash left-handed pitching. Although Forsythe was brought in as an overall upgrade at second base, a big reason for him wearing a Dodger uniform is his ability to hit left-handed pitching.
As proof by the moves they have made, the front office is very aware of the inability to consistently hit left-handers. The front office made minor changes due in part to the injuries that the Dodgers’ “left-handed mashers” had in 2016. Players like Scott Van Slyke, Enrique Hernandez, and Yasiel Puig. These three are back as reinforcements against southpaws.
But if these players still aren’t able to help the team’s woes, a move for a big bat might be on the horizon. Ryan Braun has been a popular name to come up in talks for this bat, but it seems as if the asking price is hefty, so we will explore four different options who can possibly fill this void.