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Why Manny Machado made sense for the Dodgers.
Dodgers’ shortstop Corey Seager suffered a right UCL sprain towards the beginning of the 2018 season. On May 12, Seager was placed on the disabled list following season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Seager was an All-Star shortstop in both 2016 and 2017. Last season, he slashed .295/.375/.479 with 5.9 fWAR in 145 games.
The Dodgers lost a major bat in the lineup with Corey Seager. Machado is able to add a sizable jump in production, while also being flexible defensively on the left side of the infield.
What Machado brings to LA.
Manny Machado ranks first among all Major League shortstops in numerous categories. His .400 wOBA is first at the position and tenth in all of baseball. Machado’s 156 wRC+ is five points higher than Francisco Lindor. His strikeout and walk percentages are impressive at fourth and second best among shortstops. Machado’s walk/strikeout ratio is second best behind Andrelton Simmons, and his .390 on-base percentage is the position high.
Needless to say, Machado brings a lot offensively to this Los Angeles lineup. The Dodgers already are the seventh best in OPS+ (104) and sixth in runs created per game (5.0).
Defensively, Machado has the ability to play both shortstop and third base. In fact, he has already seen time at both positions with the Dodgers. However, his defense has taken a major decline in 2018 at -19 defensive runs saved. Prior to switching from third base, Machado averaged +13.5 DRS per season.
However, his offensive production greatly outweighs any advanced defensive metric, which is why Los Angeles aggressively pursued the soon-to-be free agent. The move turns Los Angeles into a team that may not win the National League West, to a team that may be competing for a World Series title in a few months.