With Cody Bellinger manning first base permanently, the Dodgers decided to move on from Adrian Gonzalez. Now, who is the most suitable backup for Bellinger?
Cody Bellinger took the Los Angeles Dodgers by storm in 2018. The organization’s best prospect was loaded with potential but was not set to have a role bigger than a September call-up. However, an injury bug that started with Joc Pederson gave Bellinger big league experience a month into the season.
Bellinger made the most of that big league experience. The 22-year-old slugged home run after home run, lighting the MLB on fire alongside Aaron Judge. By the time the Dodgers became completely healthy, Bellinger had already cemented his place as an everyday starter at first base or in the outfield.
However, Bellinger did roll his ankle in an August game against the Detroit Tigers while playing right field. After that incident, the Dodgers understandably become cautious in playing their young phenom in the outfield. First base became the permanent home.
And although Bellinger fizzled out late in the year and failed to do much in the playoffs, he is still set to be the heart of the order in 2018. Thus, the team was able to part ways with veteran Adrian Gonzalez in a salary dump trade. A bittersweet goodbye for both sides.
Now the Dodgers have a hole to fill behind Bellinger at first base. Although he is set to play the majority of the 162 games, he will have off days and several different injuries could transpire that would lead to Bellinger missing time or play the outfield.
Thus, who are the three best options for the Dodgers to plug in behind Cody Bellinger?