The first move of the Los Angeles Dodgers off-season was acquiring Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero. He was expected to begin the season at second base, but now there’s some uncertainty whether Guerrero is ready to compete at the major league level.
Guerrero’s natural position is shortstop, but the Dodgers need him at second and while he’s been trying to learn the position, it might take longer than originally expected. Under his contract stipulations, Guerrero can be sent down to the minors without his consent, but only in his rookie season. The Dodgers might take the same approach they did with Yasiel Puig, start him at Double A and bring him up after he’s ready to and experienced at the position.
He was supposed to gain valuable experience in winter ball, but a hamstring injury slowed him down. The Dodgers will now have to work with him until Spring Training and hope he’s ready to go by opening day. GM Ned Colleti said the Dodgers could sign a veteran infielder as a backup plan, especially if they feel Guerrero still has a long way to go. With the loss of Skip Schumaker, Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Nick Punto, Dee Gordon would be the internal candidate for the job.
The Dodgers might need to act fast and sign some middle-infield depth, otherwise Gordon will be their only option.
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