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Dee Gordon will begin his transition to center field in the Dominican Winter League

Oct 29, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

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Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times shares this scoop:

What happens in the Dominican Republic winter league could significantly affect the Dodgers’ plans for next season.

The league will not only offer the Dodgers their first extended look at recently signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, it will also be where Dee Gordon attempts to move from shortstop to center field.

Gordon will serve as the primary center fielder for Tigres del Licey. Guerrero, who signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Dodgers last week, will play second base for Gigantes del Cibao.

Gordon has some of the best raw speed in the major leagues and the hope is that his unique athleticism will allow for an easy transition to center field — a position he has not played at any level of affiliated ball. Matt Kemp should be the Dodgers’ center fielder when next season opens, but he has been prone to injuries in recent years and Los Angeles needs a reliable backup.

Gordon, 25, has a .256/.301/.312 career batting line. He can boast 66 stolen bases in 85 attempts.

  1. toodrunktotastethischicken - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Not a bad depth move, even if they hold onto their surplus of high priced outfielders could make a decent trade chip.

    • paperlions - Oct 30, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Why would anyone trade anything at all for a fast guy that can’t hit at all? The best case scenario is that he could be a late inning pinch runner/defensive replacement (in the OF, because he’s a poor defensive SS), that still isn’t a valuable trade chip. Fast guys that can play some OF defense but can’t hit aren’t rare, they just aren’t good enough to be useful to MLB teams.

  2. kylewo - Oct 30, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    He will be light hitting even for that league. Are the Dodger’s paying them? Is that how it works?

  3. Walk - Oct 30, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    That is a baseball card worthy picture. Looks like he is trying out for an exlax commercial.

  4. yahmule - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Well, his bat sure won’t play any better in the OF, but his defense @ SS was terribly disappointing. I guess somebody thinks there’s still time to turn him into Juan Pierre.

    • bolweevils2 - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Why would a team want him to be Juan Pierre? Well, I guess that’s better than being Dee Gordon, but that’s like saying a kick in the shins is better than a kick in the nuts. It may be true, but you don’t want either one of them.

      • yahmule - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        Since Pierre has spent 14 years in the majors, pretty much all of them as a starter, it’s safe to say there’s a market for that kind of player. Sorry if 100% of major leaguers don’t conform to your ideal standard, but the world is like that.

  5. coryfor3 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Oh yeah I am sure being a decent CF back up is exactly where Gordon saw his career going. Do the guy and yourself a favor and trade him.

  6. coryfor3 - Oct 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    And I’m sure Dee is pleased that is his profile pic.

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