It’s been one long year for Alex Guerrero since he first joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in Spring Training. At the time, Guerrero, signed a four-year, $28 million contract, entered camp under the expectation that he would win the second-base job.
Instead, Dee Gordon took hold of the competition and never relented. Outside of a pinch-hit appearance in the Dodgers’ second game of the Opening Series in Australia, Guerrero spent the season in the Minors and didn’t return to the Majors until September when active rosters expanded.
Now in his second Spring Training with the Dodgers, Guerrero is largely without a position, but got work in at third base on Saturday, reports J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily news:
Alex Guerrero getting reps at third base during an infield drill. #Dodgers
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) February 28, 2015
A natural shortstop, Guerrero played second and third base, shortstop, and left field as he spent time with the Dodgers’ Rookie League, High-A and Triple-A affiliates. With the Isotopes, Guerrero played 51 of 65 games at second base; the next-highest total was nine games played in left field.
After being called up to the Majors, Guerrero primarily served as a pinch-hitter and only saw the field when he played in left for 14 innings (three games) as a replacement. The 28 year old managed to get just one hit in 13 plate appearances with the Dodgers, which was a far cry from his success in the Minors.
From April 13 to May 20, Guerrero hit .376/.417/.735 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs over 33 games (127 plate appearances). His season was then derailed by an altercation with teammate Miguel Olivo during which the catcher bit off a portion of Guerrero’s ear that forced him to miss nearly two months.
While Guerrero batted .304/.343/.542 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs after returning, he missed out on an expected promotion to the Majors at the time of his fight with Olivo as the Dodgers were in need of an infielder and instead turned to Erisbel Arruebarrena.
Being that Guerrero’s bat hasn’t been the question, the Dodgers’ primary challenge is finding a position for him. Should Guerrero prove to play a capable third base, he could be an option next season as Juan Uribe is entering the final year of his contract.
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