The Dodgers enter the 2021 season without the luxury of Kiké Hernández and his versatile glove. Despite that, they might have even more weapons to deploy with his departure in free agency.
The Dodgers will like likely lean on Chris Taylor to move around the field even more than before. Dave Roberts has already said that he will see time at second base, shortstop and in left field.
But CT will also get some at third base in 2021, as confirmed by Dave Roberts. The Dodgers utilityman has been getting work in at third, and he says that he is ready to step in as needed.
Doc came up to me last week and asked me about it and I said I feel comfortable playing there. Just if JT needs a day or whatever the case is. I’ve just been getting reps there to make sure I feel comfortable in a game situation.
At this point in his career, Taylor has complied just over 100 innings over at the hot corner. Most of those came with the Dodgers in 2017 and 2019. In terms of where his defense ranks in those limited appearances, he’s right about league average. Granted, he didn’t get very many opportunities there when he was in the game at third.
Despite the lack of extensive experience, it sounds like the Dodgers are going to lean on CT at times. Justin Turner is 36-years-old and has a history of lower-body injuries that have slowed him down. With that in mind, he’s going to need his fair share of off-days.
In terms of the depth behind JT, Edwin Rios is an option. Max Muncy could be an alternative, but it seems like the Dodgers would rather him be at second base if he’s not at first. Having Chris Taylor there could be the best option if Turner cannot go for them every day.
Chris Taylor Talks Comfort Level at Third Base, Role with Dodgers with Kiké Gone & More
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