With the the Los Angeles Dodgers set to play their first Cactus League game on Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly will get to see his players in live action as the team looks to solve their glaring need at second base.
One player who has by far garnered the most attention as the answer to the problem is Alex Guerrero. The Cuban defector signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Dodgers back in October and lofty expectations were immediately placed on his shoulders. However on Tuesday, it was reported that Guerrero may begin the season in the minor leagues due to his slow transition from shortstop to second base.
Perhaps influencing the Dodgers brass’ decision could be the precedent set with Yasiel Puig. Guerrero getting the opportunity to continue developing in the minors would alleviate some of the pressure that has been placed on him. Barring a similar start to last season, Guerrero’s eventual MLB debut could then be more conventional and under less pressure than Puig’s was.
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