It’s been one of the more interesting seasons for Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Alex Guerrero in 2015.
The Cuban native made the team out of the spring, when many believed he might not, and worked his way into the starting lineup after a strong showing early on in the season. In the first month of the season, Guerrero was hitting over .400 with five home runs and was even named National League Rookie of the Month. His production at the plate got his name in the lineup at third base, and began to push Juan Uribe to become expendable before he was eventually traded.
Since then, Justin Turner has taken over the everyday duties at third base, Alberto Callaspo, who was acquired in the Uribe deal, has become the backup at third, and Guerrero has seen his role become pinch-hitter and occasional spot start in left field. Some believed the Dodgers could trade Guerrero or put him in a package for a starting pitcher; however, he has a clause in his contract that allows him to opt out of his deal if traded by the Dodgers.
According toESPN’s Mark Saxon, Guerrero might be willing to help the Dodgers if it means being traded:
There is one solution to the dilemma. Guerrero is frustrated enough with his lack of playing time — just eight at-bats in July — that he would consider removing the contract clause if the Dodgers or a team trading for him paid him to do so, according to a source.
Removing the clause would basically aid the Dodgers in dealing Guerrero and aid Guerrero in being traded to a team that can offer more playing time. While the 28-year-old has been a model citizen, he was very open about accepting a trade and focusing on his future in the league.
The July 31 trade deadline is rapidly approaching and that could mean we see Alex Guerrero in another uniform.