The Los Angeles Dodgers say they’re fine with their current outfield setup – a situation that includes squishing four talented players into three starting spots.
So while the team might be find with such a scenario, it’s possible not all the players are.
Per Bill Plunkett:
#Dodgers GM was asked if he will be comfortable going into season with 4 OFs (Puig, Kemp, Crawford, Ethier):
“Absolutely. I think it’s a strength for us,” Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said. “I think it’s something that with the injuries some of them have battled through — I think it’s the wisest approach.
That’s certainly a fine approach and an understandable one given how often injuries occur. That said – players of the above stature don’t expect to sit on the bench four or five days a week either, so it seems as if something will have to give.
The Dodgers certainly aren’t moving Yasiel Puig and it’s doubtful they’ll move Matt Kemp, despite the influx of rumors the past few months. That leaves Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier as the most likely trade candidates. Neither is overly attractive given their contracts, so it’s possible the Dodgers may need to eat salary if they eventually do move one of them. But for now, it appears Los Angeles is content in how their outfield crunch lines up.