For months the Dodgers and Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero were close to a contract, but yesterday it was reported that they reached agreement on a four-year $28 million contract, again.
At the end of the season-ending press conference yesterday, Ned Colletti said he thought they’d have an announcement yesterday, but they didn’t make the move official until this afternoon. The Dodgers official Twitter account tweeted the corresponding move the team had to make with Guerrero going on the 40-man roster:
In order to make room for Alexander Guerrero on the 40-man roster, the #Dodgers designated RHP Peter Moylan for assignment.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 23, 2013
In 14 games with the Dodgers this season, the 34-year-old Australian right hander posted an ERA of 6.46, but spent most of his time at Triple A with the Isotopes. With the Topes, Moylan had a 2.74 ERA and struck out 45 in 46 innings as he was signed to a minor league contract last winter by the Dodgers.
Meanwhile, Guerrero projects to be a second baseman at the big league level and the plan for him is to play winter ball so the Dodgers can see more of him according to Colletti. It’s more than likely that Guerrero will be the starting second baseman, but the Dodgers have a $5.75 club option on incumbent second baseman Mark Ellis that they’ll likely decline.
Colletti did say that Ellis does have value with or without Guerrero, leaving the door open to a possible reserve role in 2014. The Dodgers have made a couple moves on the 40-man roster recently as Mike Baxter was claimed from the Mets in favor of Alex Castellanos.
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