With out a doubt the Dodgers won this year’s trade deadline. Trading for Royal’s lefty Danny Duffy didn’t satisfy many fans. Nor did it satisfy the likes of Andrew “GOAT” Friedman. The magician himself was able acquire both Max Scherzer and Trea Turner for a pretty sizable prospect package.
While it ultimately did cost them switch hitting catcher Keibert Ruiz and right-hander Josiah Gray, if it helps Los Angeles win back-to-back titles then it may be well with it. Scherzer helps fill a depleted rotation while Turner can help provide a much needed spark that has been lacking at times.
Whenever you an add an underrated player like Trea Turner, you have to pull the trigger. However, his arrival will pose a tough but good problem for LA. Both Corey Seager and Mookie Betts can possibly return this weekend which would move Turner to second base. Pretty soon, the lineup could look something like this or anywhere in between.
- Mookie Betts RF
- Corey Seager
- Justin Turner 3B
- Max Muncy 1B
- Trea Turner 2B
- Will Smith C
- Cody Bellinger CF
- AJ Pollock LF
Where do the hot hitters end up?
Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock have been absolutely hot this month for the Dodgers. Taylor has hit .326 with 16 extra base hits (6 home runs) and 16 RBI. He’s also filled in at the top of the lineup in Mookie’s absence. Pollock has also been a force at the plate hitting .375 with 14 extra base hits (7 home runs) and 12 RBI. That kind of production from the duo has helped them both named National Player of the Week on separate occasions.
So where do you play them?
They could both platoon in left field but what good does that do? They both have earned the right to start at this point, especially if they continue to produce at the plate. Taylor could go back to a super utility role but, Trea Turner looks to be firmly entrenched at second and once Mookie returns, right field will be out of the picture.
The answer may be an unfortunate one. With the struggles Cody Bellinger has been having all year, I’m sure many would love to see Taylor start over him. Doing so would create more playing time for Taylor who could also move around the field. If he’s willing, Turner could also see time in center field as well seeing as he has experience there as well.
The Young and the Old
Albert Pujols has not been as hot as the two above but he can still swing it. It was a given that he would see a more limited role on the team once it’s back to full health, but the addition of Turner wasn’t foreseen. He’ll likely take on pinch hitting duties against lefties which isn’t a bad thing, but you can’t help but want to see more history in the making. Everyone loves them some Tío Albert.
Gavin Lux is still out with a hamstring injury. Once he returns, he’ll see this is a different team with no clear spot for him. A huge part of that reason is due to the lack of production and failure to meet expectations. He’s been especially awful against left handed pitching. His immediate future with the team is in jeopardy. While he could take on a bench role like Pujols and make the occasional spot start, could he also be sent back down to Triple-A?
There’s no doubt that doing so could help him revamp his swing and approach as well as give him his confidence back. There’s a chance that he could come back in September ready to contribute, but for now his spot on the team is in jeopardy.
The roster crunch certainly makes it harder to find playing time for all these worthy players, but it’s also a great problem to have. If the team can make up ground against the Giants and march their way through October to achieve glory once again, who will be complaining?