How Exactly Does Gavin Lux Fit into Dodgers’ Roster Picture?

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After the Dodgers optioned righty pitcher Mitch White back to camp on Saturday morning, the team recalled Gavin Lux back to the big league club, leaving many fans wondering how the rookie infielder might fit into the roster picture moving forward.

In the short term, the move makes a lot of sense, as veteran third baseman Justin Turner is dealing with a hamstring problem after stealing a base in Friday’s loss to the Rangers. Skipper Dave Roberts told reporters that there’s a chance Turner’s injury could be only cramping issues, but he’ll definitely be re-assessed carefully throughout the weekend. Roberts did confirm that Turner will not play on Saturday.

Initially, Edwin Rios was slated to return to the squad before the opener against the Rangers, but the 26-year-old utility man has been dealing with some setbacks in his own hamstring recovery, pushing back his return to sometime next week, at the soonest.

With Turner out of the lineup for at least one day, it is expected that either Max Muncy or Chris Taylor might man the duties at the hot corner. So far this year, Turner has made 27 appearances at third base with Muncy making six and Rios five.

Taylor has not played third since September 18 of last year against the Rays.

Lux was recalled for the first time this season on Thursday as the team’s 29th man for the doubleheader against the Giants. He started at second base in the final game, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

Once favored to be one of the top 2020 National League Rookie of the Year candidates, Lux showed up late for Summer Camp and his struggles began from there, often being criticized by Roberts for his lack of timing at the plate. Nevertheless, MLB Pipeline still ranks Lux as the second-best prospect in all of baseball.

As far as the long term and potential spots on the playoff roster go, Lux might find himself battling with Rios for one of the squad’s final postseason roster spots. Both players provide legit left-handed bats, but Rios just might have the upper hand based on his early season stats.
Through 14 games and 31 AB this year, Rios is hitting .276/.323/.690 with three doubles, three homers and nine RBI. What’s more, he has the ability to handle both corner infield spots. Last year, he made one appearance in left field.

After making his MLB debut on September 2 of 2019, Lux tallied 75 AB last season, hitting .240/.305/.400 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine RBI, mainly logging time at second base.

39 thoughts on “How Exactly Does Gavin Lux Fit into Dodgers’ Roster Picture?

  1. If Lux stays on the roster for the rest of the season and plays a fair number of games, it will probably become pretty clear if he should be on a post season roster. If he should and if Rios is still hitting the way he did before his trip to the IL, then Gary’s idea is a good one. Just lop off a bullpen piece.

    Of course, it would be nice if our starters don’t continuously come out in the fourth or fifth inning.

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  2. Watching the game tonight and depending on how Gonsolin does tomorrow , it may be time to move Stripling back to the pen and keep Tony in the rotation. Sborz or Santana would go down in my opinion.

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      1. I’d like to know if Gonsolin grooved those pitches to Lux last Monday or if he was actually trying to get him out. Gavin hasn’t looked that good against anyone else.

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  3. Lux made a couple of good plays in the field. And he hit a couple of balls hard. I think with each game his confidence will grow. One thing to remember, I do not think the Dodgers are going to carry 16 pitchers in the playoffs. Maybe 15 with 13 position players. 4 starters and 11 bullpen pieces. Strip will get demoted to the pen probably, and Urias, unless he is lights out his next few starts is a candidate to be down there too. I think the 3 arms that will not be are Santana, Sborz, and Gonzalez. Joe said during the broadcast that Rio’s hit a ball in the game there that hit the top of the Emirates sign in right center. He should be close to coming back, and they are saying he will be activated Tuesday, which is the day after the trade deadline.

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  4. Their are actually 6 players currently on the IL, Rios and 5 pitchers. What happens with them will cause some difficult decisions. Obviously, Buehler and Baez will be back on the roster. Gonsolin should be. Wood and Kelly? I’m not a fan of either and didn’t like resigning the injury prone Wood as well as Jimmy Nelson. IMO May and Gonsolin both showed they were ready last year and should be fixtures. Let’s presume, Wood doesn’t make it back. Thank you Alex for your 3 innings for $4M! So with Buehler, Baez, Gonsolin and Kelly back in, who is out? I agree carrying both Rios and Lux. If Lux is hitting, I think having his bat and glove at 2B against righties is a plus. I agree with Bear, that Sborz, Santana and Gonzalez would be off. So one more, has to come off with Kelly back on? Right now I think Alexander looks shaky, due to his control issues. Absent an injury, will be a tough decision.

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    1. Remember when Kelly wasn’t right physically last year in the playoffs and the team really never gave an adequate explanation of what was wrong with him? Maybe it’s still a problem. I wouldn’t be totally surprised if he didn’t make it back this year and agree that Wood might not either.

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    2. Padres get Moreland from the Red Sox Cubs get Jose Martinez from the Rays. Millone goes from the Orioles to the Braves. I don’t think Alexander gets dropped. He may have walked some guys, but by and large he has been very effective. He really only had one bad outing. I think if Urias does not turn his season around and be more effective as a starter, that he will ultimately be in the pen for the playoffs. If so, I would not be surprised to see 5 lefty’s down there. Depending on Kelly’s availability, the 10 man pen would probably be Jansen, Treinen, Floro, Baez, Kelly, Ferguson, Alexander, Graterol, McGee, and Kolarek. If Urias is in the pen, Kolarek is not, Although you could take Alexander off if you felt Kolarek is a better option. Strip has a good chance of not making the pen. And he will definitely not be one of the starters on the post season roster. Things may change by tomorrow after noon though. There is a lot of chatter that the Dodgers are engaged in talks with the Rangers about Lynn. If he is traded to LA, he immediately slots into the # 3 pitching slot. I did find out that you can trade a player who is not in the 60 man pool as long as they are designated as the PTBNL. That’s what the Padres did for Moreland.

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      1. Thus far Kolarek has been much better than Alexander so time will tell. As I’ve said I am not a Kelly fan, so if he is injured it simplifies things a bit.

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      2. Lynn for who is the question. I would assume they would want pitching prospects. We have lots of it. I’d be willing to give up two from a group including Uceta, Sborz, Santana, White and Jackson. But then their is a starter jam next year with Price returning. I hate to see the youngsters held back once ready. With that said, Lynn would be a good playoff arm to have.

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      3. Sborz and Santana have relatively little trade value at this point and Uceta is on the restricted list. We also have to remember that for the Rangers, trading Lynn is not a binary proposition. They’re probably getting serious offers from at least half a dozen teams, almost all of which would include players more exciting than those on your list.
        The Yanks and White Sox are both very anxious to get another starter and I’m sure would offer something more interesting. I’m not saying we should offer more than the guys you mentioned, but it will take more than those guys to get it done, IMO.

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      4. Lynn is very movable. One year left at 9 mil, not like they are taking on a lot of salary. I would rather have a seasoned vet as the 3rd starter, and he fits the bill. SD and Rockies are making trades, Rocks got Givens from the O’s for 2 prospects, and SD picked up a very good bat in Moreland.

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  5. Padres get their 3rd player in the last 24 hrs. Jason Castro traded to SD from the Angels. I think tomorrow may be a little busier than expected.

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    1. Moreland is hitting .328 with 8 homers in only 67 at bats. But, he is a career .253 hitter, so is likely to come back to earth. He will be a valuable DH from left side and 1B insurance if Homer gets hurt. Castro, eh. Rosemthal appears to be back to where he was a few years ago. High K rate, 7-7 on saves for Royals. If his control is good, he may be the Padres best pickup.
      Good win today, but don’t like to see 14Ks against a bad pitching staff. Lux had a double and single. Good to see that.

      The ball must still be juices, seeing the number of HRs being hit around the leagues.

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      1. Padres just made another trade, this time with Seattle. They got another catcher. Nola, and a couple of pitchers.

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      2. Clevinger will help the Pads, but, new catcher has to learn a new staff very fast. Dodgers only have 3 games left with the Pads. So unless they meet in the playoffs, he is not really going to affect the Dodgers except maybe once.

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      3. C’mon Dennis, this is Preller we’re talking about. He could have done that between the appetizer and the salad while dining at his favorite SD restaurant tonight.
        He still has almost three hours before the deadline. No reason he can’t at least put Hader in his bullpen and add Lynn to his starting staff by the time lunch rolls around. Oh, and while we’re at it, he might as well get Merrifield to play second base.

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      4. If that happens, and it is possible. They would have to go to guys who have had some starter experience. Ferguson, Santana, Gray, White, and maybe even Grove. If Wood gets better, and at least he is throwing, then he would step in. Right now, it will be Urias, May Gonsolin, Kersh and Buehler.

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  6. Dodgers should make a hard run at Lynn, yes we do have enough to win without him, but if Buehler becomes ineffective because of the blisters, and can not contribute in the playoffs, a starting rotation of kersh, May, Urias, Strippling, or Gonsolin, is not good enough to win a World Series, plain and simple.

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    1. The price for Lynn was too high. Buehler has been throwing with no problem. Strip is now in Toronto. They will have to find all the answers internally.

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  7. Well so much for the padres vaunted prospects and farm system. They seem to have traded them all for a bit of experience. Guess they know their farm better than the rest of us. They have traded 13 of their 60 man roster in the last 24 hours. Looks like they are really pushing to play 500 ball this year.

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    1. Wrong Gordon. They did not trade any of their top 5 prospects, and only a 9 and an 11. All the others were fringe guys. They traded very little. You look at thier revamped roster, and with the amount of time left on all these guys contracts, they are set for at least 2 years after this, AF did not lose any prospects, and he got 2 back. We will have to see who they are. The price for Lynn was higher than what AF was comfortable with. Bauer was not available.

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      1. Of the guys they traded, there were 7 of their top 19 as of the end of 2019. They were already removed from the 2020 rankings when I looked. I wouldn’t exactly call them fringe. Arias became the Indians #5 and Trammell ranked #2 for Padres at end of 2019, became Seattle’s #6. Five others were ranked 15, 16,19, 20 and 22 with their new organizations. 5 of the 7 were between ages of 20-22 so certainly time to move up the rankings. The other two were ages 23 and 24. Time will tell. I am sure their are many examples of players once ranked 20th becoming productive major leaguers. How far they go this season, will tell whether the purging of a total of 14 players 28 (Hedges) and younger from their organization will have long term. Of the players they obtained Clevinger, Nola, Rosenthal and Moreland certainly makes them stronger. The rest are fringy!

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      2. That might be, but their top 5 players were not touched at all. Gore is still there, 3 of the players were already in the majors, Hedges, Quantrill, and Naylor. And the fact that all of the guys on the roster, save Moreland, are pretty much signed through 2022.

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      3. That’s a pretty good return already, even if the other PTBNL doesn’t turn out to be much.
        I’m glad for Strip that they didn’t banish him to the bullpen again and sent him somewhere that he’ll hopefully be able to start on a regular basis. Hopefully this works out for both sides.

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      4. Gary, not Ggar! I guess, on this my 70th Birthday, my typing skill is slipping. Anyway, a pretty good value for RS. Second guy, will probably be a lower prospect.

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