Dodgers' 3 biggest position battles of spring training
1. Center Field: Trayce Thompson, Jason Heyward, James Outman
Center field is perhaps the most fun position battle for the Dodgers in spring training, as there are three candidates who all could easily make their case for deserving the starting nod. Some have to do more work than others in the spring, but the job is very clearly up for grabs.
First we have Trayce Thompson, who looked to be on his way out of the league before the Dodgers brought him back and helped reinvent his career. While Thompson put together strong numbers in a small sample size last season, there should be concerns about his long-term ability to produce (especially with that crazy-high strikeout rate).
Then there is James Outman, who is this writer's favorite Dodger to watch in all of 2023. Outman has been absolutely incredible in the minors and it is impossible to deny him a spot on the roster. Outman has all the tools of being a great center fielder, and he could prove that in the spring.
Then there is the grizzled veteran, Jason Heyward, whose career also seemed to be nearing its end ... but the Dodgers took a chance on him, changed his swing, and now he's getting legitimate buzz out of Camelback Ranch. If he produces in the spring then he could absolutely swoop in and take the starting job.
Mookie Betts is the obvious choice for right field. while Chris Taylor and David Peralta should be sharing most of the workload in left field. Keep your eyes on the CF competition, which should be a fun one.