As it has been over two months since there was any major baseball news aside from Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations, it is easy to let one’s mind run away with odd trade scenarios. Such is the case with Matt Olson, who is expected to be traded once the lockout and transaction freeze ends.
Any team looking to bring Olson in would be filling a major hole at first base. However, that did not stop one person from inquiring during the most recent chat at MLB Trade Rumors whether or not Olson could be considered as an option in right field.
Matt Olson trade ideas going overboard
To be fair, Olson does have some experience in right field. He has a combined 17 major league appearances in right with another 148 games there in the minors. However, he also has not played in right since 2017. Although he has the type of bat one would look for at the position, that lack of experience there, especially recently, would make such a move unnecessary.
It would also be a complete waste of Olson’s defensive abilities. He is a two time Gold Glove winner at first and has consistently been recognized as one of the better defensive players at the position during his career. Olson is going to remain at first, especially considering how many teams are interested in him at the position.
But this is what happens when there is little in terms of news involving players. It is easy to speculate and look over a player’s career log, noticing that they had spent time at a previous position before. Olson also spent one game behind the plate in the minors, but no one is considering that as an option.
We are officially in silly season when it comes to Matt Olson trade rumors. The end of the lockout cannot come soon enough.