The Dodgers are saying no to any team that is requesting Gavin Lux to be included in a trade.
For the Dodgers, they’ve been connected to many players via the trade market. Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts and even Kris Bryant. In order to acquire one of these players, though, Andrew Friedman would likely have to include Gavin Lux.
This is something that Friedman would rather not do and I can’t blame him. Lux is only 22 years old and has a high ceiling with multiple years of control.
Gavin Lux was named Minor League Player of the year for the 2019 season. He spent time with the Tulsa Drillers, Oklahoma City Dodgers and then reached the Major League ball club as a September call up.
The only problem with Lux is where will he play and what will the Dodgers do with him? Lux is a second baseman by trade but could potentially play shortstop if they needed him to. However, the Dodgers have multiple players that can also be used at most positions.
Of course, none of those players have the potential or as highly touted as Gavin Lux.
Forgetting any rumors or trades, the Dodgers currently have a jam of players. Justin Turner and Corey Seager are on the left side of the infield, for now. On the right side, there is Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Gavin Lux.
Cody Bellinger is flexible and will likely serve more time in the outfield than first base next season. Max Muncy can play either first or second base effectively. Both Hernandez and Taylor can play second base, with Hernandez being the better of the two. That leaves Gavin Lux.
Lux will arguably be the starting second baseman next year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Barring any trades that may or may not happen, Hernandez and Taylor could find themselves in a battle to earn playing time.
If a potential free agent third baseman is signed this offseason, that could create an even bigger jam in the infield with Justin Turner having to find a new position to play.
Unless a deal comes up that Friedman cannot possibly pass up on, Gavin Lux will remain a Dodger for the foreseeable future.