Dodgers: Gavin Lux Will Be ‘in the Middle of’ a Lot of LA Plans This Season

Andrew Friedman expects big things for Gavin Lux in 2023

Going into the offseason, there was some uncertainty about who would be LA’s shortstop. Some fans and experts expected the Dodgers to go out and sign one of the four All-Star free agents, but instead, LA stood pat and didn’t spend a dime on one. 

With that, all signs pointed to LA’s 2016 first-round draft pick, Gavin Lux, who will be tasked to take over the shortstop position after the departure of Trea Turner. 

Dodgers President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman believes Lux will be the star player they used their first-round pick on. Friedman has some high hopes for Lux in 2023 and said he would be in the ‘middle of’ a lot of what LA will do this upcoming season. 

“But some of these guys are going to be big parts of what we do in LA, and I think Gavin Lux is a great example that. He came up as a shortstop, extremely highly touted, and last year we got to really see just how dynamic of a player he can be. He was having a really good year, and Freddie Freeman has been great for Luxy.

“Then he had a little injury and came back and wanted to get back quickly, and the numbers fell off a little bit. But he really performed well in the ’22 season, and we think there’s even more in the tank. So we’re excited about Luxy, we think he’s going to be in the middle of a lot of things for us going forward.”

The 25-year-old had his best season as a pro in 2022 before he suffered neck issues that derailed his play going forward in the second half of the season. 

Before the injury, Lux played phenomenally, posting a .293 average and a .368 on-base percentage, and played in a career-high number of games. 

Barring any lousy play or injury, the kid from Kenosha is set to be the prime shortstop for the LA Dodgers and show he will be the long-term shortstop for years to come. 

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