The Los Angeles Dodgers made a splash this off-season to fill their void at second base, signing Cuban import Alexander Guerrero. There was just one catch.
He needed to learn how to play second base.
That transition has not gone so well, as the Dodgers have been forced to consider Chone Figgins and Dee Gordon as alternatives at that spot. None of those guys will start the opening game Saturday in Australia, as Justin Turner will get the nod. But as Bill Baer of HardballTalk notes, some last-minute moves clear a spot for Guerrero to hang around with the big club, for now.
Guerrero’s ticket to the big leagues is his bat. If he gets enough at-bats he might be able to force his way onto the Major League roster into the regular season. Save for that, he still might end up being a handsomely compensated minor league player once the Dodgers get healthy and fill their roster spots.