Dodgers: Bold Off-Season Predictions
Dodgers sell high on Max Muncy
Speaking of teams selling high. Max Muncy had a monster year with the Dodgers in 2018. It was out of nowhere. Nobody could have predicted this, not even Max Muncy. The Dodgers could follow the A’s way of doing business and get a high return on a player who just had a career year.
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Muncy is a bad defender, it is hard to see him sticking at second base if that is the plan. Cody Bellinger is a very good outfielder but he is an even better first baseman. Muncy being in the lineup forces Cody into the outfield. This in turn stunts the growth of Alex Verdugo.
If the team believes in Verdugo, they can trade Muncy. Bellinger can go back to being the everyday first baseman and Verdugo can take over in center field.
Muncy was tremendous, but it is going to take an even larger effort in 2019 to repeat his success. This is because now, teams have a game plan against him. More teams have tape and information on him than ever before. His success early on came because he was flying under the radar. Now teams know how dangerous he can be and will pitch him accordingly.
Once again this seems farfetched because Muncy is still under a team control until after the 2022 season. The team would absolutely want to keep him because of his cheap contract and years of control. However, if they get a high value offer for Muncy it will be hard to turn down.
Muncy is a valuable piece to have around, but he is not untradeable. If ever there was a time to move him, it would be now. Teams saw the performance he put together in 2018 and that is fresh in their mind. The last thing they want is a major regression and his value diminishing. Right now his value is at its highest and the Dodgers should not hesitate to move him at the right asking price.