Ken Rosenthal is a well-respected news-breaker. He has sources, contacts, and all the things that make him first so often on breaking news. He’s the cream of the crop for baseball insiders.
So we don’t know exactly where this rumor came from, but Rosenthal is the one who wrote about it with a generic “What I’m Hearing” framing. We’ll give Ken the benefit of the doubt and assume someone really said this to him.
One possible scenario: Trade for Brewers second baseman Kolten Wong, a player the Dodgers like, according to major-league sources. Sign one of the big four free-agent shortstops. Play Gavin Lux at third. …
The Wong scenario is likely one of dozens the Dodgers are considering. But when it comes to free agency, they rarely operate at the top of the market. Freddie Freeman last offseason was an exception, but his six-year, $162 million contract included significant deferrals. Mookie Betts also was an exception, but his 12-year, $365 million deal was an extension, negotiated without competition, and also had signifiant deferrals.
Notably, Rosenthal later updated to include Max Muncy in the mix at third base. Because he is a player that exists on the roster.
Look, Kolten Wong makes a ton of sense for the Dodgers. He’s an outstanding defensive second baseman and a solid if unspectacular hitter, and his range at second base will be even more valuable next year with the shift being banned.
But if L.A. acquired Wong, it would either mean Gavin Lux was moving to shortstop or he was going somewhere else in a trade. Lux’s main asset on defense is his athleticism and speed, and there’s simply no way a team as smart as the Dodgers would move a guy like Lux to third base, where his kind of athleticism is less valuable than almost anywhere else on the field.
Could Lux play third? Most likely, yeah. Would it be the best use of the fastest guy on their team? No, no it would not.
Moving Lux to third base would negate his athleticism and put him at a position where his bat would be below-average. It’s hard to believe someone actually suggested this idea.
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