He is the forgotten man as he slips through the mind of many fans’ minds when discussing the Dodgers’ outfield glut. But it’s not hard to see why because he missed the majority of the season because of a torn ACL.
He was limited to 31 games and hit .277/.314/.458 with five home runs. But he was starting to find his rhythm right before he got hurt, collecting 15 hits from his last 40 at-bats. This is after hitting .314/.365/.505 in 48 games in 2016.
So he’s a career .294 hitter with a little bit of surprising pop, elite speed, and good defense in left field. He is only 25 too and under contract through 2022. So he should be appealing to many teams in need of an outfielder.
But why would the Dodgers want to move him? Well, first of all, they probably shouldn’t because at worst he’s an elite fourth outfielder. But he has some good value that the Dodgers may want to capitalize. That and he is coming off an ACL injury which may worry the brain trust of the Dodgers.
But the biggest reason the Dodgers may potentially and should consider moving Toles is the ridiculous depth they have in the outfield. They have center field and right field locked up and can look elsewhere to fill in left field. Who knows, Toles may be included in a trade package to improve in the outfield. Cough Giancarlo cough Stanton.