This is going to happen. Not certain if it's smart or reckless or just inevitable.
But come opening day, the
The Dodgers are still expected to move Ethier, and if they do, I have no real good idea what their Plan B is for center should Pederson fail to make the adjustment.
They could actually go from having one too many outfielders, to being one shy.
It all hinges on Pederson, the 22-year-old who was
Naturally, the Dodgers wanted to find a place for him and did when they sent Kemp to the Padres.
Only Pederson making the jump from triple-A to the majors is no sure thing. In a September call-up last season, his performance did not scream the "Can't-Miss Kid." In 38 plate appearances – an admittedly small sample size – he hit .143 (4 for 28) with no extra-base hits, home runs or RBIs.
And now they're going to hand him the job in center?
There is really nothing left for Pederson to prove in the minors and his play says he deserves a shot. But it is a risk, and certainly represents the great unknown.
The Dodgers might best be served hanging onto Ethier in case Pederson falters. This would not make the veteran outfielder any happier, since he's already on record stating he wants to start next season. And sitting behind an unproven youngster doesn't figure to make him any happier.