Dodgers: Right-Handed Bats That Could Help Solve Lefty Struggles

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Apr 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Kike Hernandez reacts after striking out in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Kike Hernandez reacts after striking out in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies during a MLB baseball game at Dodger Stadium. The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 10, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) at bat against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports /

Lorenzo Cain

Finally, we have the All-Star outfielder from Kansas City. He is a player who has all five tools: power, speed, contact, fielding, and an arm. Adding him to the team can be exactly what the Dodgers need to fix the curse they seem to have against southpaws.

Not only is he ultra-gifted, but he is also a player who has the experience in the playoffs that the Dodgers need. He is a World Series champion and can help this team get to their first title in nearly three decades. He is perfect mix of star power and veteran leadership that the Dodgers need to get over the hump.

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He eats left-handed pitching for breakfast. In 2016 he posted a slash line of .371 AVG/ .420 OBP/.596 SLG against it. He would be the perfect fit as an everyday outfielder, whether it’d be in center or a corner outfield spot. Joc is a great center fielder but is not the quickest and might be better suited at a corner spot.

Cain is in the last year of his contract and any player who is in the final year of his contract is always mentioned in rumors and often moved. But him being moved is entirely based on where the Royals are at the trade deadline. If they are still fighting for a playoff spot, it is highly unlikely that they move arguably their best player.

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But if the Royals seem out of the race in a very competitive AL Central division, look for Cain to be moved or at the very least shopped around. For the Dodgers to pull this trade off they will have to send three to four of their top prospects, even though he would only be a rental. Whether or not people think it is worth having a All-Star for a couple months, it will not matter unless Andrew Friedman  (Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations) and Farhan Zaidi (Dodgers’ General Manager) believe he is and pull the trigger to bring him to Los Angeles for a potential World Series run.

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