With the exception of the Joe Kelly signing and Russell Martin trade, all has been quiet with the Dodgers this off-season. They’ve been linked to names here and there, but most of it hasn’t transpired into anything more than a rumor.
Over the last few days, more rumors have surfaced in regards to the Dodgers. According to Ken Rosenthal, LA is interested in outfielder A.J. Pollock.
Hearing increasing chatter about #Dodgers’ interest in free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock. No indication a deal is close, but he is a target for them. Offers ability to play CF and RH balance. Bellinger, Pederson, Toles, Verdugo all LH. Taylor and Hernandez RH, but also play IF.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 19, 2019
The Dodgers are familiar with the 30-year-old, as he’s been with the D-Backs since 2012. For his career, Pollock has a .281 average and an OPS of .805. In 2015, he won a Gold Glove award and was named to the All-Star team.
The kicker, his health.
Since the 2014 season, he has played more than 113 games only once. He’s averaged 94 games a season during that time.
Last season, Pollock appeared in 113 games, hitting .257/.316/.484/.800. He hit 21 home runs and drove in 65 runs.
Earlier today, two separate rumors came out regarding the Dodgers as well. Per Jon Heyman, the Dodgers are one of the teams showing interest in Josh Harrison.
Harrison, 31, has spent the last eight seasons with the Pirates. He’s a versatile defender, playing multiple infield positions as well as the outfield. An All-Star twice, most recently in the 2017 season. Though, his numbers did take a hit in 2018.
Around the board, his numbers were the lowest they have been since 2013. He hit .250, with an OPS of .656. He appeared in only 97 games, hitting eight homers and driving in 37.
The last piece of news that came out today was regarding Joc Pederson. It looks as if LA is in discussions with both the Braves and White Sox about a potential trade for the outfielder. It’s unclear how far talks have progressed between the teams, but it is definitely something to keep an eye on.