Maybe the Dodger will go into 2013 with Carl Crawford as the leadoff hitter. I doubt it though. It may work, but Carl has never been a great leadoff hitter throughout his career. I prefer to think that the Dodgers would try and make a trade and I still believe that the Texas Rangers are an obvious trade partner. They need another bat (preferrably LH to take the place of Hamilton) and they could use another starter. I have a prefect trade idea:
The Dodgers trade Andre Ethier, Chris Capuano, Mark Ellis, Chris Withrow and Corey Seager to the Rangers for Mike Olt and Ian Kinsler. Ellis is merely insurance to the Rangers for Profar and/or Andrus being ready to play 2B full time. Capuano gives them an extra arm for the rotation, Withrow comes home and Seager will be ready in 3 years to replace Beltre, while Olt is ready now. Kinsler gives the Dodgers a leadoff hitter who is a solid defensive 2B (while not in the Mark Ellis class). Olt is a great defensive 3B and brings tremendous power to the position. I can see him hitting .245 with 3o HR at 3B in year one.
Here’s the lineup:
- Kinsler – 2B
- Crawford – LF
- Gonzalez – 1B
- Kemp – CF
- Ramirez - SS
- Olt – 3B
- Castellanos/Schumaker – RF
- Ellis C
If the RF platoon doesn’t cut it, then there are trade options Mid-Season.
I like that lineup. I like it a lot. Texas gets a 3B option after Beltre and an immediate boost to the rotation and outfield. Withrow is a wild card but I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be enticing to see if a local boy can make good.
Kinsler had a down year last year, but is just 30 and should have several good years left. Olt is a potential All-Star at 3B, but you never know. It’s a lot to pay, but it has merit. We don’t know if Seager will ever be a good player, but he has huge potential.