All-Decade Busts: The Outfield
Carl Crawford- Released in June of the 2016 season, Crawford was a four-time All-Star, with a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award under his belt by the time he reached the Dodgers as a part of the Adrian Gonzalez trade in 2012. Crawford’s bloated salary kept him on the team for all of the next three seasons, in which he hit 18 homers and stole 48 bases in over 1,000 plate appearances. He had two seasons in which he put up over 2.0 WAR, but that was a far cry from the seven-win player he had been just a few years earlier with the Rays.
Shane Victorino– The ‘Flyin’ Hawaiian’ played in 60 postseason games during his career, but none with the Dodgers. Another expensive 2012 trade acquisition, Victorino proved to be much like Crawford in one key way: he was past his prime. Victorino’s speed still shined bright, as he stole 15 bases in 53 games with LA, but his .245 AVG and two home runs were not what the front office expected when they brought on the two-time All-Star.
Josh Reddick- The numbers don’t paint Reddick to be as big of a bust as his reputation does. Dodgers fans despise Reddick now, more than almost any other former-Dodger, especially after he helped the Houston Astros win a ring in 2017 against them. Reddick, a piece of the pivotal Rich Hill trade with the Oakland Athletics in 2016, had already been battling injuries during that season, but had managed to hit .296 with eight homers with the A’s. Once he came to LA, the power cratered and the average plummetted down to .258, with his RISP AVG all the way down at .128. Funnily enough, the long-haired right fielder hit .308 during the postseason with LA, driving in a pair.
Honorable Mentions- Bobby Abreu, Juan Rivera, Curtis Granderson