By adding Dozier, the Dodgers' new and improved infield is a dinger-mashing machine
We thought the Dodgers had made their move early -- Manny Machado is the sort of player that can tilt a pennant race all on his own, and L.A. landed him before the All-Star break was even through. But if there's one thing last year taught us about L.A., it's that you can never assume anything around the Trade Deadline ... and that you can never have too much of a good thing.
While 2017 saw Yu Darvish join forces with Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers' mission in 2018 is apparently to construct an infield Voltron that never stops hitting homers: With just minutes to go before the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline on Tuesday, L.A. shocked everybody by striking a deal to acquire Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.
Dozier may be having a bit of a down year, but he's still MLB's preeminent slugger at his position. Since the start of 2016, no other second baseman has hit more than 74 homers -- Dozier has 92, and he now joins baseball's homer-happiest team. (Even more importantly, he knows how to hit them in October.)
For those keeping score at home, the Dodgers starting infield now looks as follows: reigning NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger at first, Dozier at second, Machado at short and out-of-nowhere sensation Max Muncy at third. That's a combined 83 home runs around the horn ... without even considering Justin Turner, who hopes to come off the DL soon. In short: There will be dingers.
So, so many dingers:
Just a truly impossible amount of dingers:
The 2008 Marlins are the only team in MLB history to have every member of its starting infield clear 25 homers. L.A. could have that mark in its sights, especially if Dozier brings his bunting skills along with him.