Gavin Lux comes into Spring Training with a little bit of a different role this year. He had the runway to take the Dodgers starting second base job last year, and it was his to lose. Unfortunately, the team found enough out of the players that they had last year to force him out of an everyday role.
This year, Lux is very much fighting for the chance to get back into the lineup. The Dodgers infielder is taking reps in the outfield to help supplement his value to the team, especially since he’s essentially a lock for one of the bench spots.
This week, Lux spoke about his role and what he is expecting that to look like. He also spoke about his swing and how he has been able to turn things around. This came right after he launched a homerun off of Guardians’ ace Shane Bieber.
Lux put up a 91 wRC+ in 102 games last season. That’s not necessarily terrible, but the Dodgers need more out of him to get him into the lineup every day. Getting time in the outfield should give him more opportunities to get into the lineup to get other guys some days off.
But he knows his role, and he seems to have bought into what they want from him. That’s the most important thing right now.
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