For a World Series favorite, the Los Angeles Dodgers are rather thin on the infield. The departures of Mark Ellis, Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston Jr. has left GM Ned Colletti signing veterans to minor league deals.
Chone Figgins and Brendan Harris were brought in to compete during Spring Training with in-house candidates Alexander Guerrero, Miguel Rojas, Justin Sellers and Dee Gordon. However, Colletti and the Dodgers were hopeful that Michael Young would return, but according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, his baseball career is over:
Sources: Michael Young to retire. Had three good offers, including from #Dodgers, but wanted to be with his family.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 30, 2014
For the past few weeks, Young has reportedly had offers on the table to continue playing, but it was retirement or play for the Dodgers in his mind. The 37-year-old infielder was traded to the Dodgers from the Philadelphia Phillies on August 31 for a minor league pitcher.
What the Dodgers do from here remains to be seen, but Colletti would like to sign a player that can backup Juan Uribe at third base and spell Adrian Gonzalez at first base occasionally. For Young, he retires with an exact batting average of .300 and will be most remembered for his tenure with the Texas Rangers.
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