5 immediate replacements Dodgers can explore to address Gavin Lux injury
As soon as the Lux injury happened on Monday there were Yankees fans who started theorizing what a potential Isiah Kiner-Falefa trade could look like with the Dodgers. After all, these two teams did business for Joey Gallo last season so there's an obvious rapport there.
IKF was disappointing in his first season in New York, posting a sub-.700 OPS and struggling defensively with 15 errors. With one more year of club control, the Yankees would be smart to get whatever they can for IKF (they currently have an infield logjam).
IKF isn't an option to start every day but if the Dodgers want a cheap trade option that can provide defensive versatility and depth, then IKF could be the player to acquire. There's familiarity in the building with former Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward back on the staff, which could influence a deal.
With young talent taking precedent in Kansas City, the Royals are in a similar position as the Yankees where they would be better off getting whatever they can for the final year of Nicky Lopez. More so than IKF, Lopez could be someone that the Dodgers buy low on and look to maximize.
Lopez is coming off of a very bad season in Kansas City in which he posted a .554 OPS in 141 games, giving him the third-worst mark in the sport with at least 400 plate appearances. However, Lopez has shown a higher ceiling than someone like IKF.
In 565 plate appearances in 2021, Lopez slashed .300/.365/.378 with 22 steals. He virtually has no power, but he's someone who can get on base and use his speed to disrupt games. If anything, Lopez is a poor man's version of Lux, which may make the transition easier.