The biggest free agent on the market right now is Masahiro Tanaka and the Dodgers are rumored to be one of the favorites, but he’s not the only target on their radar. The Dodgers lineup is pretty much set, but they could still use a utility man on the bench and management continues to hope Michael Young will fill that role.
Second base is a huge question mark for the Dodgers right now and although Alexander Guerrero could win the job in Spring Training, the Dodgers want to find a veteran second baseman for insurance. It was reported earlier today that Young had four offers, but was seriously considering retirement to spend more time with his family.
Young was acquired on August 31 last season and was successful during the regular season. Young appeared in 21 games and hit .314, but in the postseason he really struggled. Young was only 1 for 10 and was known more for the double plays he grounded into or flew into.
If the Dodgers aren’t able to come to terms with Young, then their other options at second base includeDee Gordon and Miguel Rojas. It’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers try and acquire a second baseman via trade if second base is a problem to begin the season. Although Young was disappointing in the playoffs, the market is thin and he might be the best option available.
Dodgers Nation News
So Hey, Think About Michael Young, Starting Second Base [Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness]
Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw headlines players filing for abitration [LA Times]
Memo to Masahiro Tanaka: Happy wife, happy life–choose the Dodgers [Feelin’ Kinda Blue]
Would Dodgers steal Tanaka from the desperate Yankees? [ESPN]
Puck drops at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 [MLB.com]
Indians ink Nyjer Morgan to minor league contract [Hardball Talk]
A-Rod sues MLB, union to reverse ban [ESPN]
Braden, pitcher of 19th perfect game, retires [MLB.com]
Veteran LHP Francis agrees to join Reds [Yahoo]
Yanks, O’s and Twins about Tanaka [SB Nation]
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