Between Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Scott Van Slyke, Matt Kemp, and a surging Joc Pederson, the Dodgers have found themselves at the tipping point of having too much of a good thing. If for no other reason than to settle the collective psyches of their starting outfielders not named Puig, Los Angeles is going to have to move on from someone.
Based on production this season, Crawford should probably be the first to go, to continue working on filling the shelves of his antique bookstore. Through 157 plate appearances, Crawford is hitting .267/.293/.400 and hasn't shown the kind of defense you'd like to see for a guy hitting below league average.
Andre Ethier, the next most disposable guy in the Dodgers ever-growing outfield tree, is hitting .251/.309/.377, but is signed through 2017 with an option year for 2018 at a much more reasonable price than Matt Kemp, who is looking more and more like the odd man out in L.A.
If they are being honest with themselves, the Dodgers should probably look at moving two of the three, keeping themselves with Scott van Slyke, Yasiel Puig, and the also-ran in the outfield garage sale that is sure to come three weeks from now. With Joc Pederson performing the way he has in AAA, it would behoove the Dodgers to clear some roster space (and possibly a little salary) this summer.
What makes Matt Kemp the most disposable has very little to do with his offensive production. He is, after all, hitting .254/.318/.430, markedly better than Ethier and Crawford.
Kemp is signed all the way through 2019, making him a possible fit long-term for someone. He has also been the most vocal about his playing time and his shift from center field to left, and his offense has seen a rapid decline. His defense, which has never been good, and perhaps bordered on adequate at times, continues to be a problem, and for a team with defensive issues already, Kemp is the last man to the table in terms of defensive prowess.
The Dodgers decision to move on from one or more of their outfielders would be much easier if any of them were performing exceptionally, or abysmally. But between Ethier, Crawford, and Kemp, they've got three guys giving them decent production that are all under contract for at least the next four years at fiqures that don't match their production.
How do you move on from that?