Welcome one Dee Gordon. Speed kills and he will be given every opportunity to be the leadoff hitter the Dodgers so desperately need. Many of you have been telling me otherwise, but it makes perfect sense. If Puig could not break with the team last Spring, then Guerrero has to start at AA as well. Crawford is better in the #2 spot, so the lineup is set. I don’t ever see Guerrero as a 3B – his arm isn’t all that and I can’t see him at SS. Second base is Dee Gordon’s spot to lose right now.
I still say Chone Figgins and Justin Turner make the team as backups, along with Van Slyke, FedEx and Baxter. The thing is, the Dodgers will have to dump two players to add Figgins and Turner to the roster. Nick Buss is a candidate and Javy Guerra is likely to be traded. Figgins gives the Dodgers a lot of flexibility in that he can play infield and outfield. Of course, he has to hit and I think he will be given that opportunity. Baxter is the LH pinch hitter.
I was castigated over the winter for suggesting that the Dodgers trade Puig for Stanton and I know it’s only spring, but Puig is starting to really scare me. You may soon wish that trade had happened. Time will tell… I hope my fears are baseless, but my eyes tell me otherwise.
Everyone is picking the Dodgers to win it all and their sloppy play and lack of focus is understandable – they are looking at the season, not the Spring. Last Spring, Kansas City was 25-7. How did that work out? St. Louis and Boston (the World Series teams) were .500. Forget the Spring records – these are just the Dog Days! That said, I worry about Puig! I would not be shocked if he has to be sent down to the minors.