The Los Angeles Dodgers finished their fourth game of Spring Training this afternoon as both Dee Gordon and Alex Guerrero were apart of the 6-5 loss. Gordon started the game at second base and the 25-year-old had one hit in two at-bats, but stole two bases as he reached on an error as well.
Guerrero entered the game for Carl Crawford as the designated hitter and singled in three at-bats before being picked off first base in the ninth inning. While it was reported last week that the 27-year-old Cuban infielder would likely start the season in the minors, there’s a front runner for the second base job via Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and SiriusXM:
Consensus in Dodgers camp is clear…based on what they've seen Guerrero should start year in AAA and Gordon for now is front runner for 2B
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) March 2, 2014
Manager Don Mattingly said previously that Guerrero would see action in every Spring Training game either in the field at second base or as the DH. While he looked uncomfortable at the plate in his spring debut, he rebounded nicely yesterday with three nice defensive plays and also chipped in his first RBI as a Dodger.
Meanwhile, Gordon is starting his transition from being a shortstop into a utility player as he played second base and the outfield during his various winter ball stints. While he hasn’t had as many chances in the field, he made a nice play yesterday against the White Sox and has looked comfortable turning double plays.
Mattingly also hinted at a platoon at second base, which could consist of both Guerrero and Gordon. Other candidates for the job include Justin Turner, Miguel Rojas and Chone Figgins as the coaching staff has three weeks to decide before Opening Day in Australia.
Obviously things can change, but it sounds like the Dodgers are thinking about having Guerrero start the year in the minor leagues and having Gordon start at second base.
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