During the holiday season, it’s tough to keep up-to-date with news and rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, there are moves to be made as Masahiro Tanaka looms as a possible addition while there’s work to be done in the infield.
Questions loom about whether or not Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero will be ready to start on Opening Day and is why GM Ned Colletti continues to keep the door open about signing another utility player.
On MLB Network “Hot Stove” segment, former GM and analyst Jim Duquette discussed how Tanaka fits the Dodgers preference of finding international talent and would provide some protection if Clayton Kershaw were to somehow leave LA via free agency. The part of the video that’s most surprising is his suggestion they sign Stephen Drew to play second base since Guerrero doesn’t look to be ready.
That move would be quite puzzling since Drew has played all 916 games at shortstop and signing him would mean the Dodgers would forfeit their draft pick, something they’re against doing. The 30-year-old infielder was mentioned weeks ago as a possibility to play shortstop, but that was before Juan Uribe was re-signed.
Here’s the video of Duquette explaining both Tanaka and Drew for the Dodgers: