The Dodgers went out and traded AJ Pollock for Craig Kimbrel on Friday morning. And while the shock of the trade left many concerned (plus the added factor of today’s date), the thoughts immediately shifted to what is next. That would include the outfield situation.
There are a few routes that the Dodgers could go. They have multiple outfielders that could take on the position on a daily basis, but there is a clear answer as to who takes over AJ’s starting job.
Easily the favorite to get the majority of the starts out there with Pollock gone. The Dodgers adding in Freddie Freeman meant that Taylor’s role would be slightly less defined. The plan was to mix him in since there will be a DH, but this opens up everyday opportunities for him out in left. Look for CT to be starting out there on Opening Day.
No one benefits more from the Pollock trade than Gavin Lux. He was honestly likely on the fringe of players making the bench, but the fact that they’ve played him in left during Spring games means that they want to fit him in somewhere. Lux could easily get some starts out there against right-handed pitching in 2022.
When the Dodgers signed Lamb, it was more of a depth move than anything. But his production in Spring Training gives him a very real shot of making the Opening Day roster, and playing him int he outfield means that they likely want to give him more chances.
By far the long shot of this group. Kevin Pillar was signed as potential depth should the team need the right-handed bat down the stretch. They experienced that last year when they did not have big league guys ready. So while Pillar is probably not the guy right now, he will probably get starts.
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