The Dodgers let Brian Dozier go and have not made any offseason signings. They are putting their trust in Max Muncy. After stumbling in the majors back in Oakland, he signed with the Dodgers and really broke out. He hit 35 HR in 137 games with the Dodgers. Muncy is going to keep the high strikeout percentage, but the power should continue to be there with the adjustments he made to his swing. The Dodgers are already loaded with power, and Muncy would be the cherry on top if he can continue. Muncy will likely hit in the middle of the order, and second base is the position he will likely hold, but he has some versatility too. While we are looking at a one-year sample, Muncy’s transition backs it up.
Corey Seager missed most of 2018 with an injury, and it led to Tommy John. Seager is expected to make a full recovery, and is in the midst of recovery now. Spring Training will be a better indicator of his return, but Opening Day remains the goal. Seager broke onto the season back in 2016, where he hit back to back 20 HR seasons, and has a career average over .300. There might be some rust for Seager when he first returns, but the Dodgers are going to need him to jump into the same productive role he had prior to the injury. They tried to fill in with Manny Machado during his absence, and he will not be returning. Seager will slide back in at shortstop, and will hit second in the order. Given the higher strikeout bats around him, having Seager’s contact rate back in the lineup will be a big help.
It was a shocker when reports came out about Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp going to the Reds. The return for those two were nothing in the plans of the Dodgers, and were released. The big talking point was that this move was made for a clear running of paying Bryce Harper, which has not happened yet, and rumors are not linking him to Los Angeles as much as other teams. The Dodgers have plenty of outfielder, but the talent of depth isn’t as high as prior years. This opens up the door for Alex Verdugo, who is a highly touted prospect that has been working his way through the minors. Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor will command the other outfield spots, but Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy can also play outfield. While this may be disappointing for Dodgers fans to see fan favorites leave, but there has to be an end game here. The Dodgers are not one to shy away from spending, so we will need to stay tuned for an upcoming move.