At this point, that is exactly what the Dodgers are doing with Yasiel Puig, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, Matt Guerrier and Ted Lilly.
Sending Puig to AA was a a no-brainer, not because Carl Crawford is ready to play and looks very, very good, but because spending at least 20 days in the minors will add a full year to the Dodgers’ control of Puig. While we are on the subject of Carl Crawford, I would like to say that he has exceeded my expectations (so far). He is in excellent physical condition, noticeably slimmer and still very, very fast. His throwing is progressing and he will most certainly (barring further injury) open the season in left field and as the Dodgers leadoff hitter.
I have criticized C.C. in the past for being fat and maybe not able to play. I am now getting excited at the possibility of seeing him hit leadoff for the Dodgers. He looks really, really good, albeit in a short sampling, but I have reason to believe. If he can hit .300, steal 40-50 bases and run like a deer, he will be a huge asset to the team.
I am OK with Puig in AA for a while. It gives time to make a decision about Ethier or Crawford. I wonder if Puig can really play 3B? It’s a lot to ask, but…
I am certain that Ned is working the phones, looking for trades. I could see the Dodgers putting Greinke and Billingsley on the DL in order to showcase Capuano, Harang and/or Lilly. I could actually see all there gone by June. Guerrier too! Fife can hold down the #5 spot!
As of right now, this is what I see as the opening day lineup:
- Crawford LF (L)
- Schumaker 2B (L)
- Gonzalez 1B (L)
- Kemp CF (R)
- Ethier RF (L)
- Cruz SS (R)
- Punto 3B (L)
- Ellis, AJ – C (R)
- Kershaw – P (L)
6 lefties verses Cain!
Dee Gordon was sent to AAA to work on one thing: Hitting, Fielding and Running. That’s his only weakness!