There has been a lot of conjecture about where certain Dodger players should play. Some think Chris Taylor should play 2B, and some on MLB allegedly had him at #5 in the Top 2B. I have no doubt that CT3 could be a Top 2B, even though he has not played well there in what short time he has had. I look for him to have a nice bounce back year and think he will benefit from the new hitting culture of cutting down his swing on 2 strikes.
Here’s the kicker for me.Cody Bellinger is the best CF on the team, but CT3 could be if you left him there too. He’s almost as fast as Bellinger, but has a quicker first step. Just like he can become a Top 2B, I think he can become a TOP CF’er.The thing is: Cody Bellinger is likely the best defensive 1B in baseball.Seager is great at SS and JT is a Top 3B. That leaves 2B to Kike and/or Muncy. A Gold Glove 1B with the range Cody has is a huge game changer.
I think Alex Verdugo has the potential to be very good RF’er and Barnes and Martin are good defensive catchers. If Muncy plays 2B, he is not a Gold Glove candidate, but I think he’s better than many think.John Sickels of Minor League Ballsays this about him:
Although he’s not a superfast runner, Muncy is athletic and well-coordinated. He has quickness on defense, showing good hands and surprising range. He’s athletic enough that his college coaches considered a switch to second base at one point, and he has some experience as a catcher, too.
Muncy is not a bad 1B and he will likely get better over time. I don’t think he is a one-year wonder and while I would not be surprised if his HR’s went down some, I think he will improve his batting average and hit more doubles. John Sickels goes on to say this about Max Muncy:
Anyway, my basic take is that he isn’t a fluke. My guess is that his power is maxed out now and certainly higher than predicted four years ago, but his combination of OBP and defensive vestatility will keep him in the majors for years even if the power fades.
I am in total agreement with that. Max Muncy needs to be in the lineup everyday and until the Dodgers say otherwise, I think 2B is his best position. I also think that CT3 is a plus defender in CF… or will be with reps. MUNCY IS NOT A BAD DEFENDER. I saw him play 2B several times this year and his glove will play there. It has been suggested by some that Max could play LF… and I think he can too. If the Dodgers don’t get Castellanos. then maybe he can go there. At that juncture, Toles or Pederson is redundant.
This market is maddeningly slow, but I can’t disagree with not giving out big contracts for 8 or 10 years. I agree with what AC said yesterday: MLB needs to figure out how to pay their guys in their most productive years, not overpay for their waning years.
Can’t we just go ahead and get Nick Cartellanos like now? He is not as bad defensively as made out. In fact, he has improved and would probably be even better in LF. He is the RH power hitter the Dodgers need. Toles could be his caddy. Here is my latest concocted deal:
- Dodgers get Nick Castellanos
- Tigers get Edwin Rios, Omar Estevez and Daniel Johnson
- Indians get Joc Pederson
Why not? Yes, he’s a FA after the season, but you can offer him arbitration and get a pick or sign him long-term. Sometimes, you just have to sieze the day. That move has minimal impact on the farm and gives the Dodgers a real chance to win it all in 2019. Yes, some players have to have career years. Every team that wins needs that. The Dodgers have lots of candidates and the pieces are in place.
- Taylor CF (20 HR)
- Seager SS (25 HR)
- Turner 3B (25 HR)
- Castellanos LF (30 HR)
- Bellinger 1B (30 HR)
- Muncy 2B (25 HR)
- Verdugo RF (12 HR)
- Martin/Barnes (15 HR)
The power is still there.
Kike: Supersub, Toles, Freese
… and we wait!