As the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers roster currently stands, the bench, but notably the infielders on the team are rather thin. Alexander Guerrero is the favorite to start at second base, but with the loss of Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston, Jr the Dodgers haven’t filled their utility roles.
There were conversations about the team bringing back veteran infielder Michael Young, but rumors of the Dodgers interest haven’t surfaced in weeks. Talking to the media at the Dodgers Development Camp, GM Ned Colletti said he’d like to add another infielder to the roster via J.P. Hoonstra of the LA Daily News:
Colletti said he still wants to add an infielder who can start or come off the bench. #Dodgers
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) January 8, 2014
With former prospect and recently re-signed third baseman Josh Bell reportedly off to South Korea, the Dodgers are in need of a backup for third baseman for Juan Uribe. Other possible infielders include Ramon Santiago, Justin Turner and Cesar Izturis, but the team hasn’t been linked to anyone besides Young on the infield.
Dee Gordon is learning to play second base in winter ball in Puerto Rico in an effort to become a utility player and has also played some outfield. Other then that, the Dodgers bench consists of Scott Van Slyke, Tim Federowicz and Gordon while there will be plenty of position competitions in Spring Training.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Young was the Dodgers choice to fill that void after his short stint with the team last season. The 37-year-old was solid in the regular season, but his performance in the NLCS left Dodger fans frustrated. With Spring Training exactly a month away, expect the Dodgers to add at least one more piece to a shockingly thin bench.
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