In a dream world, the Dodgers would be buyers, not sellers this winter. In a dream world, Frank McCourt and his mismanagement wouldn’t exist, and fans could look forward to the potential of luring a big free agent.
Yet this is reality. And the fact is that, despite what’s going on off the field, the Dodgers have some pressing on-the-field issues. No more pressing than the lack of power in their lineup.
A lot of fingers are pointed at James Loney. Loney is a nice guy, a solid player and perhaps one of the best defensive first baseman in the National League. He’s my favorite Dodger because of his professionalism and steady play.
Yet his offensive numbers are shaky. If not for his power surge at end the year, he was bound for a regression that could ease his way out of L.A. He is what he is—a contact hitter who’ll drive in runs, get on base but will lack the consistent power of his contemporaries.
With Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder on the market this winter, there’s no secret that Dodgers fans would love to exchange Loney for either one. And since Loney has already admitted that he’d have no problem learning to play left field, it makes practical sense to go after them.
Here are some reasons why Los Angeles would be the best place for both.