If there has been one constant for the Los Angeles Dodgers it is that the outfield is always overstocked with talent. Thus, the team has a decision to make in left field.
There are good problems to have in the game of baseball. One of those problems the Dodgers are dealing with; trying to manage a crowded outfield. With the emergence of Chris Taylor as the team’s center fielder last season, left field provides the only opening for several guys to show their worth. In the end, only one can become the starter.
The problem with the Dodgers is that they have several guys that can fill the role, but none of them blow your socks off. Almost every one of them serves better in a platoon. Thus, speculation around Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna added to what has been a very boring offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
However, for now, it appears as if the Dodgers are not going to make the splash for a big bat and instead will roll with the guys they got. Someone like Lorenzo Cain or J.D. Martinez would be perfect for this team, but the Dodgers seem to have no motivation to add to an already stacked roster.
Whether or not that strategy is a good one is a discussion for another day. Instead, we have to pick apart the guys the Dodgers are putting their faith in to really determine who deserves the starting left field job. Thus, here are five candidates to play left field ranked by how likely they are to start in 2018.