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Dodgers “have talked about” moving Dee Gordon to outfield

Jan 11, 2013, 12:26 PM EDT

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Trade rumors swirling around Dee Gordon seem to have died down, but Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times has an interesting note about the Dodgers shortstop:

The Dodgers have talked about moving the fleet-footed Gordon to the outfield but appear inclined to keep him at shortstop for now. Gordon figures to start the season at Triple-A Albuquerque.

“I hate to give up on him at short,” [manager Don] Mattingly said.

Gordon hasn’t hit well or fielded well in the majors so far, producing a measly .614 OPS and some terrible defensive numbers. His elite speed would be intriguing in center field, where range is far more important than sure-handedness, but barring a trade the Dodgers have Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier locked in as their starting outfield for a long time.

Hanley Ramirez is ahead of Gordon on the shortstop depth chart, but his moving back to third base could be an option at some point, especially if/when Luis Cruz comes back down to earth a bit. Whatever the case, at age 25 this is a crucial season for Gordon’s career.

  1. thereisaparty - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    That bat can’t play anywhere

    • davidpom50 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      He put up some good numbers in the minors, and if he ever learns to bunt properly and draw a walk, with his speed, he could disprove the old adage that you can’t steal first. Clearly nowhere near ready for the majors though.

      • thereisaparty - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        And then he”ll have to learn how to be an efficient base-stealer.

    • Kevin S. - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Not as a starter, but he would have some value if he could adequately back up both infield and outfield positions, giving the Dodgers the extra roster flexibility to, say, carry a platoon at another position.

  2. 18thstreet - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    And thus we see one of the dangers of long-term deals: they really harm your flexibility. Let’s say that it made sense to move Gordon to center. So you need to move Kemp (it would be crazy to trade him). But there’s long-term deals in left and right, too. And if (as it would for some teams) make sense to try the left fielder at first, there’s a long-term contract there, too.

    The Dodgers have painted themselves into a corner. Make a reasonable assumption that out the group of high-priced players — Hanley Ramirez, Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and Adrian Gonzalez — one of them disappoints. None of them are trade-able.

    • skipp504 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      None of them are tradeable??? 3 of those guys were just traded within the past year and Ethier has been mentioned in all kinds of trade rumors. Plus the Dodgers can eat money on any contract. Just saying.

      • 18thstreet - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Three of those guys traded because the Dodgers have a stupid GM. The Dodgers would need to find someone dumber — those exist — who can ALSO afford those players. Such a creature does not exist.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Perhaps these deals will be bad down the road, but flexibility is not as important as having much better players locked into spots. With the exception of maybe the Angels, any MLB team would be thrilled to trade flexibility in CF for Matt Kemp.

    • lanflfan - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      No one is “untradeable”, you just have to be creative (or generous) with money and/or prospects.

    • steviegjd - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Is it better to have mediocre players on short term contracts? That was certainly McCourts’ thinking. Moreover, it’s not like Gordon is any good. He was brought up too soon and it showed. He is a terrible defensive shortstop. While he started at short last year, he led the league in errors at the position. Even Ramirez (who is not a great defensive shortstop) is an upgrade over Gordon. And Gordong at the plate is even worse. He lacks plate discipline and can’t bunt. His only value is his speed, which doesn’t help if cannot get on base. More time in the minors might help him both offensively and defensively. If he were to learn how to play outfield and he develops more at the plate, he could have great value to the Dodgers as a platoon player who could play as many as six positions (which is hopeful).

  3. lew24 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Is second base an option?

    • lanflfan - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      I should be, but apparently not.

      • lanflfan - Jan 11, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        That should say IT should be.

  4. losangelesfan - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Turn him into a Juan Pierre type.

    • steviegjd - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Hopefully he can learn how to actually hit, which has mostly elluded Pierre.

      • Jamblinman - Jan 15, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        Oh yeah, that bum Pierre and his .297 career average and almost 2,150 career hits. That guy has no idea how to hit.

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