ESPN’s Buster Olney Ranks Dodgers Infield Among Top 10

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After the departure of Hanley Ramirez and the trading of Dee Gordon, it was expected that the Los Angeles Dodgers would have some issues in the infield.

Andrew Friedman and the front office took no time to replace the two, as they made two separate deals that brought in veterans Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick. Both are former All-Stars that bring both offense and defense to Los Angeles. The duo improved the infield overall, despite the loss of power and speed in Ramirez and Gordon.

ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney ranked the top infields in all of baseball and the Dodgers made the top-10:

2. Los Angeles Dodgers
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez finished seventh in the NL MVP voting, after driving in 116 runs, and won a Gold Glove Award for the fourth time. Second baseman Howie Kendrick is seen as a solid defender, and his consistency has been worthy of envy — in his nine seasons in the big leagues, he’s never hit lower than .279; last season, Kendrick’s play was a worth 4.6 WAR, not far behind Jose Altuve and a little ahead of Dustin Pedroia, according to FanGraphs. Among shortstops, Dodgers newcomer Jimmy Rollins ranked fourth in WAR, and third baseman Juan Uribe seems perpetually underrated, with his steady defense and personality obscured by the big hacks he takes at the plate. In 103 games last season, Uribe batted .311, with a sturdy .777 OPS. This is a great group.

While the infield possibly ranks as one of the oldest, it’s one of the best defensive crews in the game. Last season the Dodgers had issues on defense with Ramirez at short, and Gordon tailed off towards the end of the season on defense. At the plate, the four bring a veteran approach to the plate that should result in better at-bats.

If this quartet can deliver a World Series title to Los Angeles, it will be the best infield the Dodgers have had since “The Infield”.


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