On paper, the Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the more talented rosters in the major leagues, but they’re still looking to add some depth to the bench. The Dodgers lost a few utility men this off-season, including Nick Punto, Jerry Hairston Jr, and Skip Schumaker and have been unable to replace them.
Michael Young is still available and he might be the Dodgers best option, but he didn’t perform well with them in the postseason. Other than Young, it doesn’t look too good for the Dodgers as Ramon Santiago, Justin Turner and Cesar Izturis are still available on the open market.
There’s still hope Alexander Guerrero will be able to start at second base, but it’s definitely not guaranteed. If Guerrero isn’t ready to go to start the season, the Dodgers might have to rely on Dee Gordon or Miguel Rojas.
If an infielder goes down with an injury, the Dodgers will only have Gordon to count on, so definitely expect them to sign another infielder. Young seems to be the logical choice, but at 37 years old and his lack of productivity in the postseason, it’s slim pickings on the free agent market.
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