Dodgers: Which Players Should be Off Limits in Trades?
The Dodgers once thought Cody Bellinger was their first baseman of the future and while he likely still is, they are probably going to start Cody in centerfield for the 2019 season. Bellinger is the best centerfielder on the big league roster and with Max Muncy’s breakout, the Dodgers can play Bellinger in the outfield. Despite his sophomore slump, Bellinger still hit .260 with 25 home runs in 2018.
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Bellinger came up clutch several times in the postseason whether it was a sliding catch, a walk-off single, or a majestic throw to keep the game scoreless in extra innings. He also stole fourteen bases last season and should be a lock for twenty steals a season if he tries to attempt more stolen bases. While his power bat is his biggest calling card, Bellinger can impact the game in many ways.
The two things Cody needs to improve on is cutting down strikeouts and hitting lefties. Against southpaws, Bellinger hit just .226 in 2018 and he was essentially benched whenever there was a left-handed starter on the mound. If Bellinger wants to start more games in 2019, he will need to prove he can hit lefties which Friedman said he will get a chance to do.
Even with the strikeouts and problems against lefties, Bellinger should still be an untouchable player for the Dodgers. He has game-changing power, speed, and defense that can help the Dodgers win games even when he has a bad day at the plate. Combined with the fact that he will be just 24 in July, Bellinger should be the Dodgers fourth untouchable player in trades.