When the Los Angeles Dodgers re-signed Brian Wilson, and added Chris Perez and Jamey Wright in the off-season, it spelled the end for some right-handed relievers and placed others, like Javy Guerra, under more pressure moving forward. Guerra finished the 2011 season with 21 saves and began 2012 as the team’s closer, but wound up losing the role due a handful of blown saves.

Since losing the closer’s role, Guerra dealt with inconsistency and struggled to get back on track. The 28-year-old spent last season in the minor leagues and only appeared in nine games for the Dodgers. He was designated for assignment as the Dodgers finalized their travel roster for Australia. The move has given the team 10 days to either trade Guerra or release him. Despite the reliever’s struggles and recent lack of playing time at the big league level, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports several teams have inquired on Guerra. With recent reports that the Dodgers are interested in bolstering their bench, Guerra may wind up being a valuable trade piece.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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