The latest Dodgers news this week has the club rumored to be discussing trades involving lefty swinging outfielder Joc Pederson. Apparently they’ve had talks with the White Sox, and the Braves might be interested as well. According to reports the Dodgers are trying to sign right handed hitting outfielder A.J. Pollock, since the roster is too left handed. I like the idea of some balance and I like the idea of signing Pollock, but I have a question. Why do they have to trade Joc to sign Pollock? Why not just add Pollock and keep Joc on the roster?
It doesn’t make sense to me to move a solid regular like Pederson. Especially when the Dodgers don’t have a lone starter for most of their positions. They just platoon everyone around the diamond anyways. So that means they have two players that can play for each position. Pollock’s history of injuries scares me a little too.
On rumors of Joc Pederson trade to #WhiteSox: #Dodgers have been discussing Pederson in possible deals, rival executives say. CWS one of clubs in those conversations, according to sources. Not known if talks are advanced to point where teams are close to a deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 20, 2019
With slow moving market, Braves are in good position to fill their corner outfield opening. Markakis, who had big year for them in 2018, remains most logical, but they’ve checked on a Joc Pederson trade, and free agents Adam Jones, CarGo and Parra (and others) are still out there
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 21, 2019
While Joc is getting only half the plate appearances he was when he first broke into the National League, he’s still a productive regular. Joc blasted 25 home runs, posted a 125 OPS+ and posted an .843 OPS in 2018. He’s also just 26-years old and he stays healthy most of the time. Pollock is a 31-year old outfielder who’s been chronically injured over the last three years.
You would assume if the Dodgers acquired Pollock that they would have him play the lion’s share of center field with Cody Bellinger possibly shifting back to first base and Max Muncy moving to second. But Muncy is not much of a defensive player, so maybe you put Bellinger in right, Keep Muncy at first and put Alex Verdugo in left. Chris Taylor can play second base in that scenario.
However you want to configure the Dodgers defensively is fine, but there’s no need to move Pederson just to sign Pollock. The Dodgers even have an open spot on the 40-man roster. They currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster. If you want to add Pollock, I’m good with that. I’ve written before about Pollock and despite his injury problems I still like him. He’s a good player with a strong combination of speed, power, and defense. What I don’t like is making us believe that you have to trade Joc Pederson in order to sign Pollack. Don’t move Joc.