One of the very few things the Dodgers need to address this offseason is a potential platoon at second base. Here are three ways it can happen.
Second base has been a revolving door of talent for the Los Angeles Dodgers dating back to 2013. Each and every of the last five seasons the Dodgers have started someone different at second on Opening Day. In 2013 it was Mark Ellis, 2014 was Justin Turner, 2015 was Howie Kendrick, 2016 was Chase Utley and 2017 was Logan Forsythe.
For the first time since 2012-2013, the Dodgers are looking to start the same second baseman in two consecutive Opening Days. Los Angeles agreed to exercise Forsythe’s 2018 team option, thus bringing him back for one year.
The Dodgers open 2018 against the San Francisco Giants. Barring any injuries, Madison Bumgarner will get the starting nod in the first game of the season. Forsythe, who notoriously can only hit left-handers, will get the nod then.
However, Forsythe’s lack of consistency against both lefties and righties is concerning. Forsythe hit a respectable .290 against southpaws last season. Against righties, that fell to .190. Thus, the platoon at second base becomes one of the most important things for the Dodgers to address in 2018.
Chase Utley is a free agent and is likely going to enjoy his ride off into the sunset. Utley was the Dodgers go to option to hit right-handers last season. Now, the team must find a new way to fill that platoon. Luckily for them, there are three different ways to accomplish such a feat.