3 former Dodgers players LA can still reunite with in free agency

Thomas Carannante
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2. AJ Pollock

The Dodgers need a left fielder. They badly missed AJ Pollock in 2022 after trading him to the Chicago White Sox for Craig Kimbrel. After opting out of his deal and collecting a $5 million buyout, Pollock is a free agent.

But would he be willing to return to LA after they sent him packing to play for the disappointing White Sox, who endured one of the most brutal seasons in MLB, from an expectations standpoint? After a down year, Pollock may not be selective with his choices.

He may not get full-time starter reps in LA if there's a desire to give more reps to Trayce Thompson and James Outman, but that wouldn't necessarily be a big deal. During his tenure in LA, Pollock played in 258 out of a total 384 games due to injuries. Now, heading into his age-35 season, he might be better suited for a role off the bench, where he still sees 100+ games while providing pop and energy.

He's probably not expected to get anything in excess of a two-year deal, which would allow the Dodgers to better prop up the roster in 2023 without taking on a financial burden. Pollock's still got a little left in the tank, and it'd be smart for the Dodgers to take advantage of that after he really came through for them in 2021.

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