Is Max Muncy recruiting Freddie Freeman to the Dodgers?
The Los Angeles Dodgers lineup is still incomplete. The MLB lockout has no end in sight as the owners and players continue to drive further apart in negotiations. It’s very much the worst.
But Max Muncy is doing all he can to ensure the Dodgers will be prepared to make a splash the moment free agency is back open. While he works on returning to full strength after suffering a partially torn UCL in Game 162, he’s also doing a bit of recruiting during the downtime.
The players are allowed to interact with one another, but there’s no way to know what’s going on behind closed doors. Thankfully, Muncy took his pitch to the media to voice his support for one of the biggest stars in MLB joining the Dodgers once the lockout is lifted.
What a selfless act! Because in this case, Muncy would be moving off his regular first base position to make way for Freddie Freeman, should LA throw the bag at him (assuming his relationship with the Atlanta Braves has gone south enough for this door to open).
Is Max Muncy recruiting Freddie Freeman to the Los Angeles Dodgers?
Here’s what Muncy said on AM 570 LA Sports last week:
"“I think it’s awesome. Imagine how dangerous we’d be if we get [Freeman] in that lineup. It makes me really excited.”"
It makes him “really excited”? Is there something he knows that we don’t? Sure sounds like he’s either jumping the gun or knows this is something the Dodgers are serious about doing in the coming weeks/months.
As for switching positions? Not an issue!
"“Maybe it’s not as much [playing] first base, but that’s okay,” Muncy said. “I enjoy playing second base more. If we get the DH, that’s going to be a rotating position. We’re not going to have a one set DH. That means we’ll be rotating all around the field. That’s when it’s really fun. I’m excited about it.”"
Throw in Albert Pujols for good measure, too! Four first basemen on the roster? Why not?! Freeman’s production on both sides of the plate and Pujols’ wealth of baseball knowledge/insight would be invaluable additions after the Dodgers lost (and could still lose more) key players.
Can Muncy play second base on a full-time basis, though? The universal DH will help in terms of swapping him and Freeman, but coming off a serious elbow injury and after 122 games at first and 39 at second in 2021, it doesn’t seem like this is something Dodgers fans should etch in stone.
But it’s pretty fun to think about if there aren’t any glaring concerns, right?