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Dodgers Rumors: If LA Signs Aaron Judge, It Could Mean Potential Major Change for Mookie

Dodgers right-fielder Mookie Betts has won five Gold Gloves and is likely to add a sixth to his trophy case next month. After an injury-plagued 2021 hampered his defense in right, he was as good as ever in 2022. But could a position change be in the cards for Mookie?

According to Mark Feinsand over at, if the Dodgers were to sign Aaron Judge — also a Gold Glove right-fielder — it could push Betts back to the position he played in the minor leagues.

Betts has been the Dodgers’ everyday right fielder since he joined the team in 2020, but the 30-year-old was drafted as a second baseman and, according to a source, would be open to a move back to the infield at some point during his career.

If the Dodgers were to sign Judge, that could hasten such a move.

Los Angeles signing Judge seems like a longshot anyway, and even if they did, it seems that Betts moving to second base would be a few spots down the list of proposed positional adjustments. There are enough outfield spots to make room for both players, most likely. The National League also has the designated hitter, which could add some flexibility.

One wrinkle that could make the Mookie-to-2B move a little more likely is the banning of the shift, which will put more of a premium back on athleticism at second base. But even then, it seems extraordinarily unlikely that L.A. would move a six-time Gold Glove outfielder out of the outfield unless they absolutely had to.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. The Yankees are going to match or beat any other offers to Aaron Judge. He is not going to playing for the Dodgers, or anyone else who isn’t the Yankees.

    1. Why does Cody hold his bat so straight and so behind his back. This is not how he held his bat in 2019. Does the batting coach not see this. And stop with Dave Roberts being the blame for their loss. I have been a dodger fan for 65 yrs (since Brooklyn) and know the managers don’t lose the players do, sadly enough.

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