The 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers will look a little different than the team that won the NL West last season. Mark Ellis and Juan Uribe are both free agents and their return to Los Angeles is uncertain. The Dodgers signed Alexander Guerrero from Cuba this off-season and he’ll likely fill the vacancy at second base, but if Juan Uribe decides to leave then the Dodgers might turn to Hanley Ramirez to play third base.
Ramirez has stated he would be willing to play third base for the Dodgers in hopes that would sweeten his contract extension, but he hasn’t been as open to play the position in past years. While a member of the Miami Marlins, Ramirez was asked to play third base when the ball club acquired shortstop Jose Reyes and he wasn’t happy with the switch.
The Dodgers are hoping Guerrero makes a smooth transition to second base, but if Uribe does opt to sign with another team, the Dodgers might have to play him at shortstop. If this is indeed the case, the rumors about signing Robinson Cano might become more realistic with an opening at second base.
Although most of it is speculation, the Dodgers are highly unlikely to give Uribe a three-year deal, which is what he’s looking for. The Dodgers are going to have a back up plan in case they lose Uribe and Ramirez playing third base is the most likely option because the market for third basemen is weak.
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Dodgers Remain Clear Favorite To Win 2014 World Series – Lasorda’s Lair
Dodgers should look at Wesley Wright, John Axford to replenish bullpen – Feelin’ Kinda Blue
Dodgers’ plans could be more frugal, focused this winter – ESPN
Tigers make it official: Miguel Cabrera is moving back to first base – Hardball Talk
Konerko decides to play another season – MLB.com
Mets, Granderson talk 3-year deal – ESPN
Nats get Fister but asked about Scherzer – Yahoo
James Loney top choice at 1B for Pirates – SB Nation
ICYMI: The Dodgers and Dan Haren agreed to a one-year deal last week