It was a season of ups and downs for Dodgers infielder Gavin Lux. From being given a runway at second base to start the season, to injuring himself running into the centerfield wall towards the end of it. The ‘Kid from Kenosha’ struggled at the plate through his first 85 games of the season but finished the season strong after being called up after a two-week stint at Triple-A OKC.
After slashing .221/.302/.340 with a 78 wRC+ and a 23.4% strikeout rate before being optioned, Lux slashed .360/.467/.500 with a 162 wRC+ and a much improved 13.3% strikeout rate to finish the regular season. Lux was able to solve the mechanical issues with his swing thanks to the quick trip to minors and his growth as a hitter was undeniable down the stretch. From simplified swing mechanics to a more poised approach at the plate, Lux had his best 17-game stretch of his young big-league career.
Further, Lux flashed the potential as a future utility man, having played both middle infield spots to go along with left field and center. We break down Gavin Lux’s season and discuss if the Dodgers will consider dangling him in trade talks this offseason.
Next, as is the case every offseason, the Dodgers once again find themselves at the center of a number of trade rumors. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, LA recently ‘engaged in trade talks’ with the Cincinnati Reds about two of their All-Star right-handed pitchers Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray. For LA to get a deal done for one or both frontline starters, they would likely have to include their former top prospect, Gavin Lux. We discuss if the Dodgers should include Lux in a deal for Castillo and or Gray or if they would be wise to hold on to him. Plus, we react to an MLB insider’s trade proposal that would send Oakland A’s All-Star first baseman, Matt Olson, to the Dodgers in a package surrounded by Gavin Lux.
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