Friedman Believes Dodgers Would Benefit From Trading An Outfielder

Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier

While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to trade rumors, the team has yet to fully immerse themselves in free agency or offseason acquisitions. The Dodgers did overhaul their front office that landed them Josh Byrnes, Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zaidi, and others who are considered good hires for the organization.

On the final day of the general managers meetings in Phoenix, Friedman said he believes the Dodgers would be better off trading one of their outfielders, according to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:

It was reported on Sunday the Dodgers were shopping Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp, with the team open to paying for a portion of a traded outfielder’s remaining salary; how much money the Dodgers would include in a deal was said to be dependent on what they received.

After a slow start to the 2014 season and a benching that coincided with being removed from center field, Kemp struggled to get comfortable in left field but found success in right. When healthy, Crawford was the odds-on favorite as the regular starter in left.

With Puig entrenched as an everyday starter in right field before taking over the duties in center, it left Ethier on the outside looking in. Ethier was open with not being pleased over the role as a bench player, but also said he was putting his personal feelings aside for the betterment of the team.

Ethier called the 2014 season his most humbling one and there appears to be a real possibility it may have been his last with the Dodgers. However, Kemp has also garnered trade interest and of the three outfielders on the block, he likely would net the Dodgers the best return.

Friedman’s remarks on Wednesday differ from the position he took during his introductory press conference in mid-October. At the time, Friedman said he didn’t view the crowded outfield as a “problem” and if that was how it was being classified, that it was a good problem to have.

After resisting to part ways with an outfielder after the 2013 season and prior to last season’s trading deadline, this winter may at last bring a necessary change of course.

Written by Staff Writer


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