What if the Dodgers could acquire an impact bat? You might as well put on your nightcap get ready for bed and dreeaaaaaaam…..dream dream dream…..dreaaaaaaaam….because the idea that Andrew Friedman would actually acquire a true star impact player is normally a pipe dream. Sure he did acquire Manny Machado this past summer, but like most of his midseason acquisitions, Machado turned out to be a bust.
Obviously the Dodgers are not signing Bryce Harper. You should know this by now. You should know how Friedman and merry men of small market penny pinchers work by now. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for a zebra to change his stripes. Certainly acquiring another strong bat would greatly increase the Dodger’s betting chances of reaching the World Series for the third consecutive time in 2019.
Of course we can give credit where credit is due. The Dodgers will still be a deep competitive club in 2019 despite having weaknesses at second base, catcher and middle relief. The Dodgers could end up flipping Joc Pederson, or Andrew Toles in a potential Yan Gomes trade with Cleveland. If that happens the Dodgers would have an opening in the outfield. Potentially, an A.J. Pollock signing would be pretty awesome for the Dodgers.
Pollock is a player that would be an immediate boost to the offense. The 30-year centerfielder has spent his entire MLB career with the Arizona Dbacks. He’s had five seasons of average to above average offensive productions, with his best season coming in 2015 when he posted a 130 OPS+ and batted .315. In that season Pollock hit 20 home runs and stole 39 bases. Last year Pollock slashed .257/.316/.484 with 21 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 460 plate appearances. Pollack has hit 74 home runs, swiped 103 bases and reached base at a .338 clip.
Pollock’s combination of power and speed would be great in the Dodger lineup, especially at the top of the lineup. And oh look he has an .804 OPS when batting lead-off. He also hits right handers and left handers equally well. The Dodgers could sure use that.
The former gold glover ranks very well defensively too. Pollock has racked up 52 defensive runs saved and can play all three outfield positions. He’s committed just eight errors in seven years. As for salary, he was making 7.75 million dollars with the Snakes in 2018. I’m sure the Dodgers could work out something reasonable with him in terms of a team-friendly contract. Of course there is some risk involved here. Pollock has had some injury problems over the last several years. However at the end of the day, Pollock is an all around solid player. If he can stay healthy would be a nice addition to the Dodger offense.