Dodgers pick AJ Pollock, not Bryce Harper, as Mets miss out

Tanya Simon
January 25, 2019

The Dodgers have landed a right-handed hitter to complement their deep, left-handed heavy lineup in free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock.

After trading Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Cincinnati Reds in December, the Dodgers were on the hunt for help in the outfield and had been discussing a deal with Pollock.

Because of that, the Dodgers have shifted their focus to former Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock in recent weeks. Pollock has already passed his physical, according to Olney.

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The Diamondbacks' 2009 first-round pick debuted for Arizona in April of 2012 and leaves the team after spending a decade with the organization that drafted him out of Notre Dame.

Earlier in the off-season it was reported that Pollock was looking for a deal similar to what Lorenzo Cain (five years, $80 million) got last off-season with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has a.281 batting average with 74 home runs and 103 stolen bases in six Major League Baseball seasons.

Over seven seasons with the D-backs, Pollock appeared in more than 113 games only twice (2013, 2015), and various injuries played a large part in that. He also stole 39 bases. In 2018, Pollock slashed.257/.316/.484 and added 21 homers. If the Dodgers view him as a center fielder, then Cody Bellinger would likely slide over to one of the corners.

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