“We have a lot of depth, and to make the trades that we’ve made it allowed for runway for some younger players that need opportunities,” Roberts said Monday morning before serving as grand marshal of the Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles. “But I don’t think we’re done.”
He also said their main focus is adding a right-handed bat to help balance the lefty-heavy lineup.
“The left-handed hitters that we have, the defense, with the addition of [Corey] Seager with us, is going to be huge,” Roberts said. “But now to kind of balance out the lineup with a right-handed bat, probably makes it a little better.”
The team has already added Russell Martin, a right-handed bat, but they could benefit from adding an impact player. They could still pursue J.T. Realmuto but with the addition of Martin and the Marlins’ demand for Cody Bellinger, that ship has likely sailed.
Manny Machado and A.J. Pollock are the most notable free agent right-handers and the team has already been connected to both of them. The Dodgers’ versatility would allow either of them to fit into the lineup. Other, but less spectacular, options include Adam Jones, Josh Harrison, and the switch-hitting Marwin Gonzalez.
On the trade market, they have been connected to Nick Castellanos and they are likely discussing other deals that haven’t been leaked.
Realistically, Machado should be their top target. He’s a generational talent, he’s only 26 years old, and the Dodgers play in a market that can easily afford him. They could use him as their shortstop and slide Corey Seager to second or they could use him at third, move Justin Turner to first, and use Max Muncy at second.
Even better, the Dodgers could sign Machado and Pollock to really strengthen and balance their lineup, but that doesn’t seem too likely.
No matter who they decide to acquire, expect the Dodgers to add a right-handed bat sometime soon.
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