Currently, the Dodgers are without a leading shortstop player.
Their shortstops for the past couple of seasons are gone. Corey Seager left for the Texas Rangers in the winter of 2021, and Trea Turner left for the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason.
L.A. may require a shortstop, and the best way to do that is to acquire one via trade, or is it?
Yes, L.A. lost their All-Star shortstops, but they may need to look no further than in their own clubhouse. Dodgers infielder Gavin Lux is originally a shortstop, and Dodgers utility man Chris Taylor has experience as a shortstop.
L.A. insider Fabian Ardaya says to expect the utility All-Star more in the outfield compared to the shortstop position.
“I’d expect most of Taylor’s work in 2023 to be at left field and second base, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he got double-digit starts at shortstop and in center field.
Maybe some more regular work can make him a presence at short if the Dodgers need to platoon for Lux, who had a .684 OPS against lefties last year.”
Right now, all fingers point to Gavin Lux being the Opening Day shortstop and playing most of his time there. Lux has only played in 68 games at shortstop in 273 career games. CT3, on the other hand, has played in 259 career games at the shortstop position, while 183 of those came as a Dodger.
A lot can happen from now till Opening Day. You cannot rule out the Dodgers trading for a shortstop player, even if it does come late in the offseason.
Whether it’s Taylor, Lux, or someone they trade for, L.A. will be just fine at the six position.
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