The Los Angeles Dodgers are currently focused on improving their bullpen, but they’ll need to find either a new second or third baseman. Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero was signed to presumably take over for Mark Ellis at second base, but GM Ned Colletti wouldn’t commit to a position for him just yet.
Last year’s third baseman Juan Uribe is a free agent and is reportedly seeking a three-year contract, something the Dodgers seem reluctant to do for good reason. Highly touted prospect Corey Seager looms at High A and projects to be the Dodgers third baseman of the future, possibly by the start of the 2015 season.
Making his return to winter ball last night, Guerrero conducted an interview (source unknown) about his health moving forward:
I want to play in every game that I can and I’m ready to play every day. The trainers tried to speed up the recovery process but I made sure not to return until I was 100%.
In his return last night, Guerrero went 1-4 with a single after he smacked a solo home run in action earlier in the winter. There were reports that Guerrero was ready to play before yesterday, but like he alluded to, the Dodgers wanted him to be ready for Spring Training.
Guerrero also said the Dodgers want him to play everyday in an effort for him to see live pitching and get as many at-bats as possible. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old infielder talked about transitioning to his new position this winter:
I plan to play second base and shortstop in the winter league, but mostly second base as I adjust to a position that I’ve never played before.
It remains to be seen if his performance at second base changes the Dodgers infielder plans as there were rumblings they could look to move Hanley Ramirez to third base with Guerrero possibly shifting to shortstop or second base. Regardless, it sounds like he’s over the injury that sidelined him as the Dodgers continue to monitor their latest international signing.
Here’s the interview Guerrero gave in Spanish: