I’m tired of seeing these claims that the Dodgers need a left fielder. They actually need a right fielder, as Ethier should be moved back to left. He has proven to be a terrible defender in Right and left is his natural position.
If you are going to mention Trayvon Robinson, shouldn’t Jerry Sands get a mention? Sands seems to have more of the offensive game for a left fielder then Trayvon Robinson and they both did their work last year at AA, and since Sands bats right handed if they go the farm route (which they won’t) he’d be a nice platoon for either Paul or Gibbons.
Agreed. Would love to see what Sands could do in LF or 1B. It will be interesting to see if they deal Loney, who they sign to play 1B and for how long. If a one year deal, Sands is the logical guy to play 1b in 2012.
For the Dodgers to have a successful year next year, Kemp has to bounce back. So let’s say that’s a given, because without major production from Kemp, the Dodgers are sunk even if they get pop from a FA LF.
With Kemp providing above-average offense, he can be moved to RF, with Ethier in LF. Now the challenge is one that is simultaneously easier and harder. Harder because there aren’t many CF available anywhere, but easier because you’re looking for a plus defender with decent hitting and not the other way around. Someone like Nyjer Morgan comes to mind, with Robinson waiting in the wings if he’s able to hit at the next level.
Kemp was horrible last year. As far as defensive metrics go, one season of information can be considered “small sample size”. Except for Kemp! He was terrible last year and should be moved to right. My hopes are that Ethier goes to Left, Kemp to right, and Tray Robinson breaks out and becomes the everyday center fielder. I just dont see it happening.
Moving Either to LF and Kemp to RF would be ideal.
I would like to see Ned see what Tampa wants for BJ Upton.
An outfield of Either-Upton-Kemp could be among the best in baseball if each can even approach their potential and past performances.
Further, I would still let Sands get some starts in LF against RHP. Either’s LHP/RHP splits have gotten increasingly ridiculous. He simply should not be playing regularly against LHP. Jay Gibbons could also get some starts in RF against RHP (giving either Kemp or Upton some time off)
Also, trade Loney for a used urinal cake and sign Adam Dunn.
Sign Wilson Betemit to start at 3B against RHP and 1B against tough LHP.
Comment by Mr Falcon — November 16, 2010 @ 7:10 pm
Thank goodness. Morgan is still a terrific defender and somewhat questionable with the bat. He obviously has his detractions that will lower his value this year. However, if he puts together a 3 or 4 WAR year, like he is capable of, then he can easily be flipped next year. There just aren’t too many affordable players the Dodgers can add to the team and also add value. Morgan is one of those.
“On August 25, 2010, Morgan was given a seven game suspension for allegedly throwing a baseball at a fan, striking a different fan in the head, during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park; Morgan appealed the suspension and was cleared of wrong doing.”
belongs on a Dodger team. I hate the Phillies for soooo many reasons!
I’d love to see Ned look at a good defensive CF like Upton who has upside on the basepath, but I also would have loved him to look at Uggla (for 2b or 3b, I don’t care his bat is worth it). I guarantee the Dodgers could have topped a utility man and a lefty reliever with control problems (albeit very good stuff). That is just a long way of saying Ned doesn’t do intelligent things like look into players who might be had below their value. Mike Napoli would be interesting to look at as well (for C/1b), but I’m not holding my breath on either one.