Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero still remains on the open market and as many as seven teams have placed a bid on the 26-year-old.
Guerrero was nearing a seven-year $32 million contract with the Dodgers before he signed with agent Scott Boras, which brought every team back into play. While Boras maintains that Guerrero could sign by mid-October, it sounds like the Dodgers might not be as interested as they once were according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
The Dodgers, reported to have had a verbal agreement with a representative of Guerrero a couple of weeks ago, were characterized recently as being on the “outskirts” of the recent discussions — but considering their history of snapping up international talent, they can never be counted out.
Incumbent second baseman Mark Ellis has a team option for next season, but there are signs that suggest the Dodgers are looking to move on from him. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is also a free agent, but the Dodgers are reportedly not interested.
On Friday, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti reiterated the teams interest in Guerrero at “Blogger Night”, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he believes a deal can be worked out.
The other teams interested in Guerrero are the Red Sox, Reds, Giants and Rangers as it’s clear Boras is shopping his client to every team. While the Dodgers have other things to worry about at the moment, it’s got to be frustrating for Colletti that a resolution hasn’t been reached.
While many expect the Dodgers to ultimately sign him, there are more and more signs that they might have to look elsewhere once their playoff run is over.
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