Once the World Series ended, free agency officially began, which means Trea Turner is no longer the Dodgers’ shortstop, at least for now. There are several other top shortstops on the free agent market, of course, and a possible trade target or two, too. There are also a couple internal options, including minor-league shortstop Jacob Amaya and Gavin Lux, who has played mostly second base in the big leagues but came through the L.A. farm system as a shortstop.
We asked Dodger fans what they think about the idea of Lux replacing Trea at shortstop, and the replies were a veritable masterclass in all the different ways to say “no.”
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— Nicole Ybarra (@nic_ly1028) November 8, 2022
There were some interesting comments, for sure, including a few with the magical combination of “Lux sucks!” and “Trade him for someone good,” which isn’t really how front offices work these days, as they generally like to trade their good players for other good players.
At least one fan said if the Dodgers don’t re-sign Trea, he’s out as a fan, which is an impressive amount of loyalty to build up in 15 months.
It wasn’t all negative about the idea, though. A few fans thought it was worth a try.
I'm in on this. I think he can do the job in the field and that allows them to spend the money on another position that can make up the bat.
— Simon Deutsch (@simonknightlive) November 8, 2022
Worth a shot. It is his natural position.
— Scotty Wayne (@ScottyWayne) November 8, 2022
Lux has had some defensive struggles at second base, and he had some issues with the throws from shortstop in the minors, but he cut his errors in half from 2018 to 2019 and he’s an outstanding athlete. Honestly, the question would come down to whether he could hit. If he was hitting the ball well, fans would look past any defensive shortcomings just as we did with Hanley Ramirez and Corey Seager and Trea Turner. If he doesn’t hit and doesn’t play good defense, that’s when we get into Mariano Duncan and Jose Offerman territory.
It will definitely be interesting to see what direction the Dodgers go.
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