The Los Angeles Dodgers retained all five of their outfielders as Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline passed. It was somewhat of a surprise given the numerous rumors the Dodgers were linked to that included Matt Kemp’s name and to a lesser extent, Carl Crawford.
One of the issues that’s plagued the group outfielders and caused some frustration is their desire to play everyday. As the team has began to play well, it’s come with consistent playing time for Crawford.
Crawford recently spoke of not wanting to cause any issues over how much he’ll play and reiterated that sentiment, according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times:
I can’t speak for the rest of the guys. For myself, winning is the bigger picture right now. It eases the pain of not playing, a little bit.”
The Dodgers have had the same lineup in the outfield in four of the last five games. A change came Wednesday when the Atlanta Braves sent lefty Alex Wood to the mound, which resulted in Scott Van Slyke replacing Crawford in left. Similar to what Kemp has expressed, Crawford is happy playing for the Dodgers:
I’ve tried to make it real clear I like being here. I don’t think about being anywhere else right now.”
While Crawford and his fellow outfielders survived Thursday’s trade deadline, they aren’t necessarily in the clear just yet. Given the large contracts they’re signed to, Crawford, Kemp and Andre Ethier would likely clear waivers and thus be eligible to be moved prior to the August 31 deadline.
If Crawford is able to remain healthy, he may be in line to continue starting in left field for the Dodgers. This season, Crawford is hitting .247 with four home runs, 22 RBIs and he’s added 13 stolen bases.
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