While the Winter Meetings were a bit of a bust for pretty much everyone around the league, that didn't stop Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts from making some news with his comments to the media. Not only was he the only transparent human on the planet regarding the Dodgers' obvious pursuit of Ohtani ($), but he revealed this week that LA was going to be making Mookie Betts playing second base a permanent position change.
Betts moving permanently to the infield is a fascinating development. After being pressed into service in 2023 as an infielder due to various injuries and under-performance elsewhere on the roster, Mookie exceeded all expectations at second base with six Defensive Runs Saved in 485 innings there last season. The Dodgers clearly liked what they saw and it certainly didn't negatively impact Betts at the plate, but there are going to be some downstream effects on the Dodgers' roster from the decision to keep him there.
3 Dodgers who are impacted the most by Mookie Betts' position change
With Betts as their everyday second baseman, there are a few Dodgers players who have gone from "interesting options for 2024" to "where the hell is this guy going to play in 2024?" very quickly. In the end, having too many talented players is never an actual problem. More importantly, LA's decision to move Betts probably speaks to how the organization views these guys in the long-term and could lead to one or more of them being included in trades in the weeks and months ahead.
Let's take a look at a few of the Dodgers players whose future with the team is most in doubt after Mookie's switch to the infield.