Among the major story lines heading into the 2015 season is the premise that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ offense has gotten worse.
Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez are gone. They’re to be replaced by veterans Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, and presumably Joc Pederson. Add in another year of getting older for Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Juan Uribe, and, well, this premise seems to have some legs.
Of course, the opposing side of the argument would point out the improvements the Dodgers have made defensively and in the overall depth of the organization. But, the question about offensive production remains a good one.
The good news, though? There might be an answer buried within the organizational depth that few may have previously considered — Alex Guerrero.
Long the main character in a narrative about how, “the Dodgers don’t have a choice but to keep him on the big league roster this season,” Guerrero’s start to spring seems to indicate that decision might come easier than some originally thought.
In four games thus far, Guerrero is 6-for-9 with a home run, two RBIs and four runs. Now, to be clear, spring training is almost meaningless for me — especially the first four games of the spring — but with a player like Guerrero, I don’t believe a start like this can be ignored.
After all, the Dodgers are an organization that seems to be searching for the infield of the future — always looking for folks to pair with Corey Seager in 2016 and beyond. Could it be that Guerrero is piece No. 2 of that puzzle?
When Guerrero signed with the Dodgers for four years and $28 million last offseason, many seemed to believe his path to the Majors would be a clear one. A few months in the Minors and surely the latest Cuban sensation would be unleashed upon the league — right?
CONTINUE READING: Is Guerrero Capable Of Being The Dodgers’ Secret Weapon?