The Los Angeles Dodgers needed a starting second baseman. In the spirit of their model for success in the last couple years, they went out, found their guy, and offered him a pile of money.
That player was Cuban import Alex Guerrero, who inked a $28 million deal with the club. The Dodgers just needed to ensure that Guerrero, known for his bat, could transition over from shortstop and play a competent second base.
That has not been going well so far this spring, to the point that the Dodgers might have to explore alternatives at that spot. Troy Renck of the Denver Post laid out the alternatives in his column this morning. For Dodgers fans, said alternatives are sobering indeed:
The Dodgers have a $250 million player payroll, and the increasing possibility Chone Figgins or Dee Gordon will start at second base. Alexander Guerrero, a Cuban import, hasn’t looked comfortable as he makes the transition from shortstop.”
Figgins was effectively out of baseball last season. Gordon is a shortstop (kind of) by trade who has a career .301 OBP. Neither option is very appealing, which only places more pressure on the struggling Guerrero.
If the Dodgers wanted to go that route, free agent Stephen Drew remains unsigned and says he is ready to play second base if the fit is right. The team is probably still a ways from making that kind of move, though, having already invested this money in Guerrero.