AJ Pollack signed

AJ Pollack Signs with L.A. Dodgers


By David A. Avila

AJ Pollack was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to a four year contract worth $55 million.

The former all-star outfielder played for the Arizona Diamondbacks since being drafted by that team in 2009. He made his Major League debut in 2012 and was selected to the National League All Stars team in 2015.

With the signing of right hand hitting Pollack the Dodgers helped fill the void left by the departures of right hand hitting sluggers Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp both traded to the Cincinnati Reds last month.

Last year the Dodgers were weak against left-handed pitching because most of their top hitters are left-handed. Pollack hits well against both right and left-handed pitching. He is also a top fielding center fielder with speed and some power.

However, the one question that lingers over Pollack is his durability. Over the years he has suffered numerous injuries including broken elbows and groin injuries. It’s a question the Dodger organization addressed by including performance incentives and availability clauses in his contract.

Pollack always performed well against the Dodgers and like others in the past, if a player does well against L.A. the top brass takes notice. Signing Pollack also means Arizona will be weaker.

The Dodger outfield now consists of Pollack, Cody Bellinger, Kike Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Andrew Toles and Alex Verdugo.

Although the signing of Pollack addresses the defensive need for the outfield, it’s not enough to address the departure by Puig and Kemp that represent more than 40 homers. Expect the Dodgers to sign one more outfielder with power.

Youngsters Toles and Verdugo are solid hitters but lack power. In this day and age of uppercut swings the Dodgers still have not filled that need.