Joc Pederson would be a great option to fill the Seattle Mariners hole in center field. We asked three Dodgers writers what it would take to get a deal done.
Center field is a big area of need for the Seattle Mariners. Joc Pederson from the L.A. Dodgers would be an ideal replacement. There have been varying reports as to whether Pederson could be available for trade in the offseason. We asked three FanSided Dodgers writers, from three different sites what it would take to get a deal done.
Before a trade is discussed it’s a good idea to go over Pederson’s strengths and weaknesses. He’s 27 years old and although he doesn’t have a contract for 2019, he’s eligible for arbitration the next two seasons, so the M’s would have control of Peterson through the end of 2020.
Peterson has made only eight career errors in the outfield in over 3800 innings and covers a good amount of ground in the outfield. His batting is somewhat erratic as evidenced by his career .228 batting average. Additionally, he has more strikeouts than hits.
On the positive side, he can take a pitch because his on-base percentage is .110 higher. Pederson is averaging 23 doubles and 22 homers a season in 388.5 at-bats. Over a 600 at bat season that’s 35.5 doubles and 34 home runs. A good defensive center fielder with a near .800 OPS is something the M’s can really use.