The Dodgers are going to have to learn how to do things without Mookie Betts. They just placed the superstar outfielder on the injured list with a cracked rib, and it’s looking like 2 weeks is a possible timeline for him to return. Using Eddy Alvarez in his place isn’t going to cut it, especially considering his defensive capabilities.
As it turns out, the Dodgers might be looking to the trade market to fill the void. That move would likely be more on the temporary side, so don’t expect a huge name coming out west. But there are right-handed bats out there that could help them while Mookie is out and possibly transition to a bench bat.
Dave Roberts said this weekend that the Dodgers could look outside of the organization. There are some options that they could bring up from the minor leagues, but that would also bring along some roster implications that they may not be ready to tackle at this point in the season, especially with the option limitation in place.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he doesn’t know specific names, but the team is still discussing which position player to add to the roster beginning tomorrow. He added that a right-handed bat makes sense and they’re considering external options.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) June 19, 2022
The Brewers did just designate Lorenzo Cain for assignment, a veteran bat who has fallen on hard times. But Cain is also just a few years removed from an All-Star season that earned him MVP votes. Plugging into the Dodgers lineup might be the change of scenery that he needs to get going again.
Internally, the Dodgers might want to look at Miguel Vargas. The young prospect has launched 10 homeruns at Triple-A, but the problem is with his defensive versatility. Vargas can only really play the corner infield spots and that doesn’t help much with Mookie out.
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