By: Gary Allen Jr.
(Los Angeles) - After the Dodgers traded Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Reds in December, the Dodgers lineup is left-handed heavy, but Los Angeles is reportedly trying to find a right-handed hitting outfielder. One of their options are free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock, as reported by MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal on Saturday. Now, according to Michael J. Duarte of NBC sports Los Angeles, the Dodgers are having “ongoing and active discussions” with the Pirates about outfielder Starling Marte. Although the Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders, Marte would solve their need of an right-handed bat and give them more flexibility allowing Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and Cody Bellinger to be used as infielders more when needed.
Marte, a former 2-time gold glove award winner in left field is also capable of playing center field as he did for Pittsburgh in 2018. Marte showed his offensive prowess in 2018, by having a slash line of .277/.327/.460 with 20 home runs to go along with 72 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. Marte has a $10 million base salary in 2019 and has 2 years of team control and has a team option for 2020 ($11.5 million and $2 million buyout) and in 2021 ($12.5 million and $2 million buyout), so it would take a hefty package to acquire him.