Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced that new shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be the team’s leadoff hitter, explaining: “We don’t truly have anyone else who fits in that role.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but whatever.
Rollins fits the old stereotype of a leadoff hitter because he’s a middle infielder with plus speed, but the problem is that he doesn’t actually get on base much.
Last season Rollins had a .323 on-base percentage and that was actually higher than his OBPs in 2012 and 2013. With that said, offense across baseball is down so much that NL leadoff men as a whole barely topped Rollins with a .327 OBP last season and Mattingly is right that the Dodgers lack an obvious leadoff candidate with great on-base skills unless they opt against using Yasiel Puig in the middle of the lineup.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was asked about a Dillon Gee trade rumor that made the internet rounds Monday night and told reporters that it’s “fair to say” he’s had little-to no recent trade talks surrounding the veteran right-hander.
Just because I’m sure everyone is curious, the “rumor” was that the Rangers are interested in Gee and might be willing to include injured former top prospect Jurickson Profar in a deal to get him, but even with Profar out for a second straight season following shoulder surgery the idea of trading him for one season of a good but not great impending free agent starting pitcher seems outlandish.
Gee, who turns 29 years old next month, tossed 137 innings with a 4.00 ERA and 94/43 K/BB ratio last season and has a 3.91 ERA in 640 career innings for the Mets.