It would appear that not everyone is high on the potential of the Dodgers’ young infielder.
Pedro Moura, a senior writer for The Athletic, recently released his second round of predictions for the Dodgers 26-man roster, which came with more than one surprise.
The first thing to note is that Moura believes a deal will be reached with Justin Turner before the start of the season, leading him to include the fan-favorite in his roster predictions.
Of course, the Dodgers still have yet to sign Turner for [these predictions] to come true, and that has not happened yet. There’s also no reason why a return cannot be arranged. As our Ken Rosenthal has reported, the two sides still stand apart on desired years, but such a gap can be bridged quickly.
This would be welcome news to Dodger fans, who have been clamoring all offseason for Andrew Friedman to open up the checkbooks and bring back Turner to end his career in LA.
While Turner finds himself included in these roster predictions, however, Gavin Lux was omitted instead. According to Moura’s predictions, Edwin Ríos, Matt Beaty, and Zach McKinstry will occupy the bench roles while Chris Taylor takes the starting job at second base.
The only mention of Lux in the article is to acknowledge that he does, in fact, play second base.
Also, Gavin Lux exists as a potential regular second baseman. If he is installed there, that would push Taylor back to a utility role.
A shaky 2020 season has definitely damaged the image of Lux to the general public, but it wasn’t long ago that he was the team’s top prospect full of potential. Many believe that the young infielder will get a chance to rebound in 2021 as a member of the major league roster, but you can remove Moura from that list, apparently.
Pete Moura with the Gavin Lux love (that I purposefully I'm (mostly) putting here out of context). pic.twitter.com/hazltN0FgG
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) February 3, 2021
Yes, we can confirm that Gavin Lux does exist, and he will have every opportunity to make the opening day roster in 2021.
In all seriousness, this Dodgers team is absolutely loaded with talent, and more than a few position battles could be seen throughout Spring Training. All predictions for the new season should be taken with a grain of salt, but the key takeaway is this: baseball is now just two short weeks away.