Scratch JD Martinez off the list
Evidently, the Dodgers didn’t want JD Martinez after all. The slugging outfielder was traded to NL West rival Arizona Diamondbacks, in what looks to be a very light package for one of the best hitting outfielders in baseball.
The Dodgers could easily have surpassed the offer from the Diamondbacks, so we have to assume he was never on their list. I’ll further extrapolate, that if JD Martinez was not on the Dodgers list, they aren’t interested in upgrading the outfield.
They might really be sold on Chris Taylor or the option of Bellinger if/when Adrian Gonzalez comes back. I don’t think we should be undervaluing what a healthy Adrian might bring to the table.
And of course, there is always Andre Ethier who evidently is only going play every Sept from now on.
The outfield depth chart looks like:
Right Field – Puig, Hernandez, Thompson, Eibner, SVS, Bellinger, (Andre)
Center Field – Pederson, Hernandez, Thompson, Eibner, Bellinger, Alex Verdugo
Left Field – Taylor, Bellinger, Hernandez, Thompson, SVS, Eibner, Alex Verdugo, (Andre)
Though I’m tending to believe that Alex Verdugo is probably in front of the Thompson, Eibner, SVS trio. I’m putting Bellinger here for the days that Dave Roberts gets creative and wants to get Chase Utley in the lineup, moving Forsythe or Chase to 1st base.
Would McCutcheon be a better fit for a World Championship run? Might check in on that later.