I keep saying it and I’m going to keep saying it: This team won’t win it all without a real centerfielder who can play defense. They might be able to limp by with Hanley Ramirez at shortstop – IF he can hit like he did last year, but centerfield is a trainwreck. Van Slyke and Ethier are corner outfielders, at best, and really have no business in center. Matt Kemp is the best centerfielder on the team, but I understand why they want him in LF – in fact, I suggested it long ago. Matt has to play and hopefully get back his MVP hitting style and LF now suits him best.
Crawford is hurt again and again and he can’t play anywhere except where Kemp is. I can’t believe that there is anyone who would want Ethier, but maybe there is. Ned needs to re-make the outfield, but trading Ethier and not getting a CF back means that when Crawford comes off the DL, Kemp has to go back to CF. It’s just a bad deal all around. Joc Pederson and Dee Gordon are two in-house options, but there is no indication the Dodgers want either one to play CF.
What is going on with Adrian Gonzalez? Is he already is steep decline?
The pen remains an issue, but the solutions may already be in-house as well. I think some change is in order. It’s time to quit talking and start chalking!