The Los Angeles Dodgers suffered unfortunate news last week as they learned shortstop Gavin Lux tore his ACL in a spring training match against the San Diego Padres. The news came as a devastating blow to the organization and the fans as Lux was set to be the Dodgers every day starting shortstop and prove he could be one of the best shortstops in the league.
Because of this, LA veterans Miguel Rojas and Chris Taylor will be in charge of shortstop duties going forward. Rojas was signed and extended for this exact reason, and CT3 has experience in the six spot and admitted it was his favorite position to play.
Los Angeles has options to sustain the Lux injury throughout the season. Although a trade is never out of the realm of possibility for the Boys in Blue, as we’ve seen them take that route to better their team. However, ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney says that rival executives believe Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Freidman won’t pull the trigger on a trade… yet.
We’ve seen Friedman do this type of thing in the past. You don’t have to look too far when in 2018, former Dodger Corey Seager suffered a sprained UCL in his right elbow that required Tommy John surgery early in the season. Friedman didn’t panic and waited till the trade deadline when he was able to snag infielder Manny Machado and bolster LA to their second consecutive World Series appearance.
You don’t need to make a move right now. The season has not started, and there need to be more games to see what Rojas or CT3 can do at shortstop daily.
Another thing, there is no “Manny Machado” on the trading block, and there may not be one as we move closer to the trade deadline.
There is no rush to make a move, and Freidman will stay cool as a cucumber. If something appears better believe Andrew will be on it.
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