Carl Crawford is content with being a backup outfielder for the Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers will enter the 2016 season with a very crowded outfield. One of the victims of that crowded outfield will most likely be Carl Crawford. Crawford lost his as a corner outfielder to Andre Ethier last season due to injuries. Since young outfielders Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson can each be penciled in to be everyday starters for the Dodgers, Crawford seems to be the odd man out. Despite that, he’s willing to accept his backup role.
"“I want to play, but I understand I put myself in this situation, so I knew it could happen,” said Crawford, via MLB.com. “I’m not in position to argue with them. Right now, I do what’s asked of me and keep trying to improve myself and be sharp and ready to play when my number is called… I’ll do whatever they need me to do.”"
Could Carl Crawford demand a trade? Possibly. Crawford can still be a productive player when he’s healthy. Assuming he’ll be playing a fourth outfielder role for the Dodgers, it will be quite difficult for him to prove that he is healthy. He also has a huge contract and is making $21 million this season.
So far, Crawford seems to be willing to accept what he can’t control. But rookie manager Dave Roberts might have to deal with the situation personally if there are any issues.