Los Angeles Dodgers: 3 biggest holes that must be filled this offseason

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 14: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands for the national anthem before game 5 of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 14: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands for the national anthem before game 5 of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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2. Right-handed depth bats

The Los Angeles Dodgers have plenty of right-handed bats that they can start in the starting nine. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Justin Turner, Will Smith and AJ Pollock are all locked in for next season. It is the depth of the right-handed bats that needs to be addressed.

The Dodgers have pinch-hit options when it comes to the left side of the plate. Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Gavin Lux are all going to play a lot. The team still has the likes of Matt Beaty, Edwin Rios, Billy McKinney and potentially even Michael Busch to hit from the left side of the plate off the bench.

What they don’t have is a good right-handed bench bat. Chris Taylor is a free agent and might have priced himself out of LA, and outside of that, there really are not any good options… at all. Obviously, a bench bat is not going to be elite, but they need someone who can mash left-handed pitching.

That is why Albert Pujols should be brought back. Pujols adds that right-handed bat to mash left-handed pitching, and with the universal DH likely coming, we might see him play more against left-handed pitching.

It would be nice to see the team add one more solid right-handed bat to the fold. The Dodgers have always been a team that prides themselves on depth and versatility, and they need to replace the role that Taylor and Enrique Hernandez have played the last two seasons.