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Dodgers Reporter Isn’t Convinced LA Goes with Gavin Lux as Opening Day Shortstop

While there are still many questions hanging on the Dodgers regarding who will be playing on the outfield and what other starting pitcher will fill the Dodgers’ role, one question looms above all: who will be the starting shortstop for the Boys in Blue?

L.A. lost their All-Star shortstop, Trea Turner, to the Phillies in free agency and failed to sign another free agent, Xander Bogaerts, as he signed with the San Diego Padres.

Luckily for the Dodgers, they don’t necessarily need to sign a big-name free agent since Gavin Lux’s original position is shortstop.

However, MLB insider Pedro Moura sees it differently, as he believes Lux will remain at second base for the Dodgers going into 2023.

“My bet would be that the Dodgers don’t use Gavin Lux as their everyday shortstop in 2023. I don’t foresee that being their play. I just think they’re going to want to have some insurance at shortstop, and so I doubt that. I don’t know if it’ll be one of the top three [at the time of this filming]. I can see Willy Adames making a lot of sense for them. Andrew Friedman and him have a longstanding relationship dating back to their days at Tampa. So, I don’t know. There are trade options. I think, my bet would be that Gavin Lux is the Opening Day second baseman, and not the shortstop. As far as projecting who that shortstop will be, I don’t know.”

Two of the four big-name shortstop free agents remain in Dansby Swanson and Carlos Correra. According to Ken Rosenthal, Correa seems like a long shot because of the number of years he would want but also how the fans would receive him.

MLB insider Jon Morosi says he could see a reunion between Dodgers’ first baseman Freddie Freeman and free agent Dansby Swanson in Dodger blue.

Either of them could greatly help the Dodgers and make fans happy with a big signing.
Sticking with Lux at short wouldn’t be the end of the world, either. Lux has played in 68 games at shortstop and has a .968 fielding percentage and 502.1 innings logged in, according to baseball reference.

A trade is always on the table as well.

What do you think the Boys in Blue should do, Dodger fans?

Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).


  1. I say ROLL THE DICE. The dude has earned a starting job. Rest him only on occasion against lefties. He gets fired up. We need that in the lineup. Re sign JT. Insurance for third and DH. CT3 backs up short, center, second, primarily. Max plays 2nd and third. Vargas plays third and left. Outman plays all three outfield slots as needed. With CT3 and Justin, we can do this. Busch becomes first man up. Back in the day, Andre and Matt were rookies the same year. That worked out pretty well.

  2. All good except with no shift the days of 260 lb second baseman are gone. Max plays the corners or dh.

  3. The owners are spending crazy money, do not overpay. You have built a top farm system, it’s time to bare the fruit and let them see if they can be the next Dodger Rookie of the Year. I would try Lux and CT3 at shortstop. No more shifting should help the bats. I would look for the next Tyler Anderson to help the pitching staff.

  4. Start a complete youth movement. It would be more fun to watch and no disappointment if they do not win the World Series.

  5. Lux at short , Vasquez at third, Busch at second. CT3 and Muncy backing up as needed. See if Outman or Pages can play center field in the bigs.

    Gonsolin won the cy young last year over the first half Of the season. He wasn’t durable
    For the whole season. Had he been durable the Dodgers win the World Series. Will May be durable and an ace? Kershaw and Urias will be Kershaw and Urias.

    The Dodgers will be under the tax threshold
    This year and can still win in a rebuilding year. Winning 111 regular seasons is meaningless when you lose in the first round to the Padres.

  6. I think they should go with Corea I want to win being I’m a half season ticket holder and we also need Rondon

  7. IMO it all depends on whether Trevor Bowers suspension gets reduced or not.If it does get reduced then they have to pay him $40 million dollars then they don’t have much else to spend and lux will be the shortstop. If it doesn’t get suspended they’re off the hook of Trevor Bauer and they can go out and find the best available shortstop still on the market.
    It’s that simple!

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