Yasiel Puig's Injury Highlights Los Angeles Dodgers' Outfield Needs

By Daniel Reveles
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Yasiel Puig could be out for an extended period of time after re-injuring his back during the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly told the media that Puig could be going in for an MRI when the team arrives in Los Angeles and is unsure if the second-year standout will miss any time.

The potential loss of Puig highlights why the Dodgers should keep all four of their top level outfielders.

Throughout the offseason, much of the talk centered around the Dodgers was about what they should do with their extremely full outfield. Many pointed to trading Andre Ethier as he is a very similar player to Matt Kemp and Puig, but has difficulty hitting lefties. Had the Dodgers traded Ethier they would be looking at playing their next game with an outfield of Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke, and Joc Pederson.

Crawford is a former All-Star and should be one of the Dodgers’ regular outfielders. Van Slyke and Pederson are different stories.

Van Slyke is a serviceable major league player who deserves a spot on the 25 man roster, but he’s not an everyday player. If the Dodgers had Van Slyke in the starting lineup for more than 20 games, they would be in serious trouble.

Pederson is one of the Dodgers’ top prospects but he’s not quite ready for the major leagues. He’s a very dynamic player but needs a bit more seasoning before cracking the Dodgers’ starting lineup.

All in all, the Dodgers need to be wary of trading one of their top four outfielders. Crawford, Kemp, and Ethier are all injury prone and could go down any moment.

In this case, less is definitely not more for the Dodgers.

Daniel Reveles is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @dreveles52, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


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