Dodgers Turn Over the Team to a Young Core of Players in 2018
By Josh Burke
With young Joc Pederson able to go out and play any outfield position, along with the returning Andrew Toles able to do likewise, the Dodgers can run out a pair of strong 25 year-olds as they see fit. As long as Pederson gets fit, that is, which is something Joc’s “working really hard this offseason” on doing.
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Then there’s the two golden boys. The pride and joy of the organization, Corey Seager is already a Los Angeles legend at 23. Young stud Cody Bellinger, the most obvious benefactor of the Dodgers’ epic trade last December, is only 22. He’s prepared to triumphantly return to his natural position at first base this year and post up in the infield with his boy Corey for the next decade or so.
There’s added opportunity for young starting pitchers, too, now that highly paid roadblocks McCarthy and Kazmir are out of the way. With another 23-year-old, pitching prospect Walker Buehler, set to get his time in the limelight this season and the previously mentioned Julio “the teenager” Urias on track to be fully healed at some point, the Dodgers aren’t getting any older any time soon.
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Even with recently reacquired Matt Kemp being back on the team, the Dodgers have to feel rejuvenated by the trade that brought him here. The oldest offensive player on the team, Kemp is still only 33 years old, although his joints are arthritic. He’s probably always too busy re-applying IcyHot to make that much of an impact anyway. I jest of course for, as we all know, Kemp is only two months older than Justin Turner. It’s true, I looked it up!