Dodgers: Options to Fill the Dodgers’ Left Field Hole
By Sunit Bhakta
The Dodgers will be fielding pretty much the same team as 2017 which means there will not be, health permitting, any significant holes to fill. The one spot in the field that needs clarity is left field.
In 2017, the Dodgers’ left fielders were like a revolving door, constantly shuffling through different players, save for a brief stint where Chris Taylor was the primary starter before moving to center. Every other position is pretty much set, except for left field and second base. But second base has quality options available in Chris Taylor and Logan Forsythe. It just depends on where LA wants to place Taylor.
With Forsythe coming back for one more year, it seems as if Chris Taylor may be sticking in center field for the time being. But with Alex Verdugo waiting in the wings, the front office may choose to move Taylor back to second and use Forsythe as an expensive backup at second and third.
This is assuming Chase Utley does not return, which at this point, if he does, it should be as a coach. But if Forsythe and Taylor man their respective positions, that leaves left field, easily the team’s weakest spot in the lineup.
We saw Curtis Granderson, Kike Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Trayce Thompson, Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles, Franklin Gutierrez, Brett Eibner and Chirs Taylor at some point in time there. Whether it be injury or ineffectiveness (except for Taylor), there wasn’t much production from the spot.
With the off-season upon us, the Dodgers should be looking to make a move to bring in a player to solidify the position.