The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered a huge blow to the roster in only the third Spring training game of the year as Gavin Lux tore his ACL and will miss the entire 2023 season. Lux was expected to take a leap as the team's everyday shortstop after a promising 2022 season (one that was also derailed by injuries).
The shortstop position has seen a fall from grace in Los Angeles over the last three years, going from Corey Seager to Trea Turner to (briefly) Lux and now ... Miguel Rojas. Trading for Rojas now seems much smarter by the Dodgers but fans are not content with that being the everyday situation. LA may need more help.
The market isn't flooded with talent at this point in the offseason but there are certainly replacement options that Andrew Friedman and Co. could consider following Lux's injury.
5 shortstop replacements the Dodgers can explore to address Gavin Lux injury
The only viable free-agent option for the Dodgers is veteran shortstop Jose Iglesias. The rest of the market is made up of minor-league talent, so if the team wants someone with big-league experience, Iglesias is the way to go.
Iglesias may not bring the same offensive impact that Lux would have, but he's still a league-average hitter with a plus glove at the shortstop position. Since 2020, Iglesias has posted a .293/.329/.409 slash line and a 98 OPS+ (100 being league average).
The Dodgers always get the most out of hitters in Los Angeles, and if they can teach Iglesias to be more patient at the plate and work more walks then suddenly he becomes a much more valuable bat.
Iglesias has always hovered around a .300 batting average, which could be achievable if he's surrounded by top talent in the Dodgers' lineup.