Dodgers: 3 players most affected by Scherzer-Turner blockbuster
2. Gavin Lux
Does Gavin Lux have a true long-term fit on the Dodgers? Probably … but that would mean waiting it out to see what that fit exactly is, and the defending world champs might not want to take that route … especially now that he’s injured.
Lux has been incredibly underwhelming at the plate in 2021 despite being surrounded by All-Star-caliber talent. His defense? Totally adequate. Nothing that’ll blow you away. And that’s a bit of a problem because if there’s trouble producing at the plate, then the defense usually has to be pristine.
Now, with Turner in town and Seager on the mend, there’s going to be a significant shift. Turner has experience at second base and center field. There are a number of scenarios to consider.
- Muncy at first, Turner at second, Seager at short
- Bellinger at first, Muncy at second, Seager at short
- Turner in center field, Seager at short, Muncy at second, Bellinger at first
Where does Lux fit in? There might be room for him in 2022 if Seager leaves and Turner shifts over to shortstop but what’s going to happen this year? Perhaps he could be a bench player and fill in as needed, but wouldn’t the Dodgers be better off using him as trade bait before the deadline? They could wait for the offseason for that, too.
However, consider Lux gone if Seager returns in 2022. There’s no way that’ll work.