Los Angeles Dodgers have the required in-house replacements for Chris Taylor, who was diagnosed with a fractured foot on Tuesday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. I’m not sure how much longer Trayce Thompson can keep this up.
When the injury was announced, anyone could have predicted that it would take a long time for the super-utility man to recover.
When AJ Pollock was traded to Chicago for Craig Kimbrel in 2022, Taylor stepped up to fill the void in left field. Additionally, Gavin Lux’s defensive prowess on the field has allowed him to play most of his innings at second base, where he is a more capable player, and it has benefited greatly.
However, Dodgers supporters have to agree that Taylor hasn’t performed as well as they’d hoped this season. He’s getting the job done. As of Tuesday night, 238 hits,.728 on-base percentage, and 101 OPS+, with an OPS and OPS+ of -0.4 dWAR and -3 DRS in left field. After signing a long-term contract extension, this was not what the team had hoped for. Taylor will return to his best someday.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) July 5, 2022
The Dodgers are dealing with far more serious issues, including a shaky starting rotation, an injured/underperforming bullpen, and Cody Bellinger’s and Max Muncy’s shaky performances. The trade deadline will be the time to deal with all of this.
An outfielder from the Cincinnati Reds, Tommy Pham might be one of the more affordable possibilities for the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 2; yet, given their physical altercation earlier in the season over a fantasy football roster technicality, acquiring Pham could put the Giants on edge.
— Call to the Pen (@CalltothePen) July 6, 2022
Because Pederson is the Giants’ most potent offensive weapon, cutting, a little mental warfare wouldn’t hurt either. 34 runs, 17 home runs, and 41 RBI in 70 games: 274/.342/.567. The Giants are significantly worse without Pederson, without a doubt.
From a statistical standpoint, Pham is in the same boat as Taylor, batting.253 with a.760 OPS and a 103 OPS+ in 103 plate appearances. Somewhat better at the plate and by far superior in every other way. As a bonus, he’ll be able to play in the NL West in 2020 and 2021 with the San Diego Padres. A short-term deal like this would allow the Dodgers to bolster their bench when Taylor returns.
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