The Los Angeles Dodgers have been the best team in the National League in each of the last two seasons, but after consecutive World Series defeats, they are addressing roster needs. Last Thursday, the Dodgers signed A.J. Pollock to a four year, $55 million contract. Pollock, an All-Star back in 2015 , thus becomes the Dodgers every-day center fielder, filling a need that became especially prescient in the wake of a trade that sent Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer to Cincinnati. Importantly, the Dodgers front office believes this move will provide season-long consistency in the Los Angeles lineup.
“The consistency is something we’re going to harp on a lot,” Dodger President of Baseball operations Andrew Friedman told the Los Angeles Times after Pollock’s introductory news conference on Saturday. “And being able to have our talent come out on a nightly basis way more often, I think is something that is important.”
Pollock, a longtime Arizona Diamondback, is a talented, all around athlete with plus speed, and a Gold Glove to his name. A lifetime .281 hitter, Pollock hit .257 last season, with 21 homers and 65 RBI. The only worry, from Dodger fans’ perspective, is Pollock’s health, given that he’s played less than 120 games in each of his last three seasons. That said, Pollock is only 31 years old and Los Angeles is confident that he’ll be their everyday center-fielder.
“I don’t think you go out and sign a player like that, to even bring in the word platoon,” manager Dave Roberts said.