Jerry Sands would still be better off playing every day in minors
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That would be Jerry Sands, the one Dodgers prospect with power close to being ready to play every day. The question is, how close?
The Dodgers’ current outfield has Matt Kemp in center, Andre Ethier in right, and for the most part Juan Rivera in left. Rivera could split time with Tony Gwynn Jr., Jerry Hairston Jr., and the theory goes, Sands.
Only I’m thinking, despite his strong September, Sands would be best served starting next season as an everyday player back at triple A.
He’s 24 and still needs to play regularly. And even if Manager Don Mattingly goes all lefty-right splits and plays Rivera some at first for James Loney, or Sands or Rivera for Ethier, I doubt he’s going to get the kind of at-bats the still-young hitter needs to continue to develop.
And despite saying otherwise, maybe the Dodgers are thinking the same thing. There is a report at MLB Trade Rumors that the Dodgers and Cubs are talking to Coco Crisp about playing left field.
Crisp, 32, is a speedy switch-hitting outfielder who put up some very respectable numbers last season for the A’s (.264, 27 doubles, 49 steals, 69 runs). He would no doubt be a solid addition for the Dodgers, but one who would need real playing time.
How seriously the Dodgers are about this is uncertain. Crisp earned $5.75 million last year, so it could be as simple as his agent calling the Dodgers and saying his price has come down, are you interested? Of course, you would think it’d have to come down fairly significantly to pique the bankrupt Dodgers’ interest.
That they would be interested at all indicates they recognize starting the season with Sands in a reserve role is not their wisest move. If Rivera burns out, then maybe they give Sands an opportunity to start. He’d be better off trying that having started regularly for the last six weeks in the minors, rather than having started once or twice a week in Los Angeles. ALSO:
-- Steve Dilbeck