If the season started today, Gavin Lux would be the Dodgers’ starting shortstop. Lux, of course, came through the minors as a shortstop but moved to second base in the big leagues because L.A. had Corey Seager and then Trea Turner manning short.
Seager and Turner are gone now, so it could be Lux’s turn to show what he can do on the left side of the infield, although rumors persist that L.A. might try to acquire a shortstop in a trade.
According to Jon Heyman in the New York Post, though, it’s not just a trade that might make sense for Los Angeles.
Elvis Andrus could fit for the Angels who still seek a shortstop. The Red Sox, Dodgers, and Twins may also make sense for a SS.
Andrus had a solid offensive season in 2022 for the A’s and White Sox, posting a 103 OPS+ in 577 plate appearances. The 34-year-old has spent 14 years in the big leagues and has an 87 OPS+ for his career. So he’s not much of a hitter, and his defense — which was legitimately great early in his carer — has ranged between okay and solid the last several years.
At this point in his career, Andrus isn’t a starting shortstop on a team that hopes to win the World Series. He could make sense for the other teams Heyman mentions, but he would only make sense in L.A. as a utility infielder, a role he’s never filled.
In short, this feels like Heyman was writing about a shortstop and listed teams that have talked about needing a shortstop, rather than looking at the specifics (like the fact that Lux is already a better hitter than Andrus).
So, no, the Dodgers won’t be signing Elvis Andrus to be their shortstop.
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