The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the best records in the National League, and yet this season still feels like a slight disappointment. This was a team that was getting touted as one of the most talented in MLB history heading into the season, and the Boys in Blue have not played that way.
Part of the reason, outside of key injuries, is certain players not living up to expectations. While some players definitely deserve more time to figure it out and shouldn’t be moved on from for other reasons, there are players that the Dodgers should eventually cut bait with.
Andrew Friedman and Co. are always looking to innovate, and it does not matter if these players get replaced by trade deadline acquisitions or farm system call-ups. All that matters is the Dodgers moving on from them at some point during the 2022 season.
Here are 3 players on the Dodgers roster the team must move on from:
3. Hanser Alberto
The Los Angeles Dodgers brought in Hanser Alberto to be the team’s right-handed-hitting platoon bat, as that was something the team was greatly missing after trading A.J. Pollock and seeing Albert Pujols sign with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Alberto has not produced anywhere close to the level that Tio Albert was producing at last season, and has been a negative offensive presence whenever he is in the lineup. In fact, Alberto’s main contribution this season has been out of the bullpen, which is never a good thing for a bench bat.
Alberto is hitting .233 this season with a .599 OPS and a 64 OPS+, meaning that he is 36 percent below league average. His average against left-handed pitchers is decent at .255, but he does not walk and does not hit for power, as he has posted a .588 OPS against southpaws.