The Los Angeles Dodgers have stockpiled several relievers for their bullpen with the signings of Chris Perez and Jamey Wright after re-signing J.P. Howell and Brian Wilson. These additions have clouded the futures of middle relievers Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez, but possibly another reliever might not have a spot: Javy Guerra.
Guerra pitched in 10.2 innings with the Dodgers in 2013 and spent the majority of the season at Triple A. In his daily review of Dodger players at 2013, Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times said he could wind up on the trading block:
He’s still fairly young, however, so the Dodgers might find other teams interested in the right-hander. They probably like having the potential depth he offers, but he could be running out of time to have an effect on the 25-man roster.
In 2011, the 28-year-old reliever came out of nowhere to take the Dodgers closer job. He had a 2.31 ERA, an ERA+ of 160 while maintaining a 1.18 WHIP to go along with 21 saves. The following year, Guerra had only eight saves, appearing in 45 games, but still had an ERA of 2.60.
In Dilbeck’s review, he said Guerra will likely be back with the Isotopes if he isn’t traded over the winter. GM Ned Colletti was asked whether or not he was hoarding relievers for a potential trade, but said he doesn’t have the intention of doing so.
If the Dodgers decide to make a deal for Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, it’s possible Guerra or another young reliever gets put into a package, but it’ll be interesting to see how the bullpen situation shakes out.
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