The Dodgers’ 2023 outfield is looking thin at the moment. L.A. lost some of its key members from years past this offseason and will have to look for new everyday players, especially in center field.
Los Angeles could make a trade for a proven outfielder like Bryan Reynolds, or they could stick to who they have. If the Dodgers were to stick with who they have and plug them into the outfield, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Right now, the club’s options at center field are Jason Heyward, Trayce Thompson, and James Outman.
Our Twitter page wanted to hear from the fans about who they think will be the center fielder in 2023.
Who emerges as the everyday center fielder in 2023?#dodgers
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) January 2, 2023
Trayce Thompson has the slight lead in the poll grabbing more than 44% of the vote as of publishing time, while James Outman is in second at 39.3%.
Heyward has yet to suit with the Dodgers, but fans are familiar with his game for the most part since he is a veteran.
A good amount of the people voted; however, others decided to give their take in the comment section.
It needs to be Outman unless he proves he can't do it. Y'all really trusting Trayce out there? He's had more than enough time to prove he's a starter and he hasn't. Give Outman the reps.
— Yashua (@Yaashuuaa) January 2, 2023
James Outman! When is he gonna get the respect he deserves??!!
— Mike (@mpier42) January 2, 2023
Outman needs to get a serious look , at least a platoon with Thompson
— Steve Brinkley (@SJBrink25) January 2, 2023
Trayce Thompson is the best defensively out of this group in my opinion. James Outman can share time with CT3 in left…Jason Heyward still plays baseball? lol
— Pasture B (@PastureBilly12) January 2, 2023
The 25-year-old Outman has proven that he can play at the big league level, even though it was only a small sample size. He hits for power, has speed, is young, and is cheap.
Heyward may be the best defender from the group, but he’d have to prove he can still play in the big leagues, as he signed a minor league deal this offseason. Thompson can hold his own on the defensive side and proved it in the 2022 postseason.
Who would you like to see in center field in 2023, Dodger fans?
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