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Dodgers must trade Crawford or Ethier

4/29/2014
Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports

The time has come for the Dodgers to trade one of their outfielders.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti had hoped to have his big four outfielders -- Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier -- all healthy at the same time, and that day finally arrived when Kemp came off the DL in early April.

The problem, however, is figuring out playing time for the group. The current rotation/platoon is not working, as none of them are producing anywhere close to their expected offensive production. Everyday players need to play every day to establish a rhythm. Sitting once, twice or three times a week certainly disrupts that rhythm and will affect each player’s production.

If the foursome can remain healthy, though, there is no doubt that one will be dealt between now and the July 31 trade deadline.