The Dodgers still have a few things to figure out with their roster before the 2021 season. Now that the Universal DH seems to be out of the league’s plans, they should be able to fill out the final details in the coming days.
One of those details will likely end up being Justin Turner. While many believe that he will inevitably return to Los Angeles, the wait is suspicious. But even looking ahead at the 2021 roster, MLB experts think that the Dodgers have one of the best lineups in baseball. And those rankings came in assuming that JT does NOT return to the team.
The lineup projection put out by ESPN featured Edwin Rios over third base. That projection also had Rios batting way down at number 8 in the lineup for the Dodgers. They also had Chris Taylor at second base and AJ Pollock getting the start in left field.
ESPN has the Dodgers lineup ranked ahead of the Mets, Astros, Yankees, and Blue Jays to round out the top 5. One thing to note is that they had the Padres in at number 7 since the projection does not include pitching.
With Mookie Betts at the top of the lineup, the Dodgers are bound to be full of superstar potential heading into 2021. The only question seems to be whether they can make it all click without JT, but they may not need to worry about that for long.
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