1. Max Muncy
Max Muncy was an incredible story to watch unfold for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. Muncy had very little big league experience prior to the 2018 season and entered the year in the Dodgers minor league system with nobody expecting him to make a difference.
Muncy played in just 96 games with the Oakland Athletics in 2015 and 2016 and hit a combined five home runs with a .611 OPS in 245 plate appearances.
In 2018, Muncy played in 137 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers, slugged 35 home runs and registered a .973 OPS in 481 plate appearances. He led the National League with 11.3 at-bats per home run and had his signature moment came on an 18th inning walk-off home run in Game 3 of the World Series.
With all of the positives around Muncy and his minuscule contract, you would think that the Dodgers would have all intentions on keeping him around.
However, it is a bit of a pickle to keep Muncy. Muncy is not great defensively and is best suited to be a first baseman. The only problem is that Cody Bellinger deserves that spot and the Dodgers likely won’t want to move him full-time to the outfield.
There is the possibility of playing Muncy at second but his defense is not great and might limit him to just being a platoon option against right-handed pitching. There is also the concern that this was just one good year for Muncy and he will have a natural regression back to mediocrity.
Personally, I would like to see the Dodgers keep Muncy. However, I would also not be surprised to see the team deal the slugger if it meant landing an elite arm or anything else that helps the overall dynamic of the team.