The Dodgers are a talented team, but they have some issues – issues that I believe will be addressed before the season is over.
For example, they really don’t have a quality Center-fielder, but they do have Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson – lefties all!
Matt Kemp can be a valuable offensive player but gets injured on defense and should not play CF – he’s best hidden in LF. Matt Kemp needs to play left field. PERIOD!
Carl Crawford is VISIBLY smaller this year – leading me to believe that he bulked up too much last season. I’m serious – watch the video – he’s a lot slimmer! Maybe that will bode well… or not. At any rate, Carl Crawford is untradable because of his contract. Joc Pederson may or may not be MLB ready, but he is a player that has future in the majors. Then, there is Andre Ethier who has had a great spring, sports a new awesome attitude, appears headed to a career year, can play any outfield position and 1B and is poised to be traded. That’s right! TRADED! I said it, I meant it and I’m here to represent it!
So, here’s the deal: Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Chris Withrow and Joc Pederson (along with $70 million cash) are sent to the Pirates for Andrew McCutchen. Hey, you have to overpay to get something valuable. Why would the Pirates do this? Well they would get better immediately with Ethier and Crawford in the outfield and Withrow in the pen and Joc Pederson in the wings waiting.
The upshoot is that the Dodgers would get a REAL leadoff hitter. Here’s the lineup:
- McCutchen CF
- Ramirez SS
- Kemp RF
- Gonzalez 1B
- Puig RF
- Uribe 3B
- Guerrero/Gordon 2B
- Ellis C
Be Bold! That’s my motto!