​The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the smartest organizations in the sport, but they made a head-scratching roster decision with Opening Day around the corner.


On Wednesday, the Dodgers announced they've optioned outfielder Andrew Toles to Triple-A Oklahoma City. With this decision, fellow outfielder Joc Pederson and catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer will make the Opening Day roster.

​​Pederson may be a household name and came up with higher expectations, but he's never lived up to them and Toles was clearly the better player this spring.


And based off his ​comments, Toles agrees.


​​Now, I don't think you should base your decision solely on spring training statistics. However, when you are making a decision on the final couple of players on your roster, what that player did during the spring should be used as a bit of tiebreaker.


And if we do that in this case between Toles and Pederson, it's not even a hard decision.

In 25 spring games (53 at-bats), Toles hit .283 and slugged .566 with eight extra-base hits (three home runs) and 10 RBI. On the flip side, Pederson hit .148 and slugged .259 with four extra-base hits (one home run), two RBI and 15 strikeouts over 21 games (54 at-bats).


​Matt Kemp seems to be in line to be the starting left fielder, and unless he returns to his All-Star form, there's a chance they could platoon with him. So with that logic, you'd need a left-handed hitter than can hit righties. 


Surprisingly enough, that favors Toles, who in 183 career at-bats against right-hander's is hitting .295 with an .828 OPS. That may be a smaller sample size than Pederson, but in 224 at-bats last season against right-handers, he hit .214 with a .768 OPS.


The Dodgers may be hoping Pederson turns the corner and plays like the All-Star he was in 2015, but Toles earned that spot and would be a better player off the bench than Pederson.