Guerrero admitted to never playing the position in his baseball career, but is currently slotted at that position for the Dodgers. He said he would be working on learning the position and it seems he may be receiving help from the organization.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras, spoke about his client’s upcoming plans:
Obviously, as with any player that’s not played in the major leagues, there’s a lot to learn. But the Dodgers have assigned a couple of infield coaches down there and we’re talking about getting him to Arizona for some early work in January as well.
Guerrero has been in the Dominican Republic since November playing for the Gigantes del Cibao and overall, he’s hitting .286 with a home run and six RBI in 10 games.
The 27-year-old was signed to a four-year, $28 million deal back in October before the Dodgers parted ways with second baseman Mark Ellis. He was signed as a free agent after defecting from Cuba earlier this year. The Dodgers hope he can provide a spark in the lineup, much like the one Yasiel Puig provided last season.
Depending on what happens in the next few months, Guerrero could find himself moving back to his natural position at shortstop. The Dodgers have yet to find a third baseman and could decide to move Hanley Ramirez to third and Guerrero at shortstop.
Regardless of the decision, Guerrero would likely still work out at second base to increase his value to the team.
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