The Los Angeles Dodgers are one year removed from having the best record in baseball and being one game away from winning the World Series. The Dodgers went into this season with high hopes of another World Series appearance, but now that seems far from reality.
The Dodgers have gotten off to a slow start this year, posting a 12-15 record which sits them at fourth in the NL West. A Justin Turner injury in spring training hasn’t helped their cause this early in the season.
Not only do they need Turner’s bat back but their bullpen has gone from one of the best last year to one of the worst this season. Their shut down man, Kenley Jansen, looks nothing like his former self and has struggled to get saves.
Things took a turn for the worst this afternoon as it was announced that their all star shortstop, Corey Seager, will be out the remainder of the season with Tommy John surgery.
This is a major blow to an already struggling team. Even though Seager hasn’t quite been himself this season so far, it was only a matter of time until he got back into the swing of things. Now, they are without one of their best players for the rest of the year and hope seems to be diminishing from this World Series aimed team.
With not a lot of star potential at shortstop on their 40 man roster, I think an interesting move would be to call up Andrew Toles to play center field and move Chris Taylor to shortstop.
Taylor started off his career at shortstop and relocated to center field. Toles has proven to be a great hitter and can try and add the offense back that is lost in Seager’s absence. It sounds like a long shot but it would be the most efficient way to keep offense in their lineup.
For now, the Dodgers will probably toy around at the shortstop position as they try to find a good replacement. They will continue to plummet in the standings until they get Turner back, adjust their bullpen and fix their dilemma at shortstop.