Dodgers Have Made A.J. Pollock Available Among Others

With little action so far, a full day of the Winter Meetings is officially in the books. Well on Day 2, it appears Andrew Friedman and company are more settled in and will take trade offers on outfielders A.J. Pollock, Kiké Hernandez, and Joc Pederson.

A.J. Pollock stands out of the three because he’s only played one season for the Dodgers, which ended in a disastrous postseason performance. When the Dodgers signed A.J. Pollock to a 5 year, $60 million deal less than a year ago, the expectation was he’d be able to play more centerfield but unfortunately that did not work out.

“We signed him to be our everyday centerfielder and to provide right-handed balance to the lineup.” – Andrew Friedman

Providing just a 0.2 WAR, Pollock would end up hitting .323 vs LHP, which was the bright spot of this move, but he had a -10 defensive runs saved above average, which was not good.  For the entire season, Pollock hit .266 over 86 games with 15 hrs, 47 rbis, and 23 walks.

The question looms, which teams would actually be willing to acquire Pollock? If there’s any team that can pull off a salary dump type of deal, it’s the Dodgers. We’ve seen it before with Matt Kemp and Kazmir/McCarthy. The other scenario is that it sets up a potential blockbuster deal with the Red Sox where Pollock and prospects are exchanged for Betts and another contract they’re looking to move, perhaps Eovaldi.

Regardless if the Dodgers are able to move Pollock, it shouldn’t hurt the depth in the outfield. As it stands, Bellinger, Verdugo, Pederson are all starters with D.J. Peters close to a callup.

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