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Dee Gordon reportedly the front-runner for Dodgers’ second base job

Mar 2, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Dee Gordon is the front-runner for the Dodgers’ second base job. As a result, Alexander Guerrero — the recipient of a four-year, $28 million contract from the Dodgers signed in October — will start the year in Triple-A.

Guerrero has had some trouble defensively at the position. Gordon may win the job out of spring training, but as long as Guerrero shows some progress, the Dodgers won’t have any problems fitting him on the roster later. Gordon has only logged three and two-thirds innings at second base in his big league career and only a handful more in the minors. Gordon also leaves a lot to be desired offensively so it’s unlikely he’ll cause a tug-of-war for the job later on.

  1. kingscourt25 - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    There is no downside of having Guerrero start at Triple A.

    • hohofosho - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      I agree..the dodgers are so much better off with dee Gordon. If he can figure it out and get on base enough, the second base job should be his. I almost don’t even care about Guerrero.

  2. zdravit - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Give Gordon 500 ABs and he’ll easily steal 50. It’s long overdue.

    • paperlions - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Sure, but he can’t hit.

      • 4d3fect - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        And he can’t field.

    • clydeserra - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      you think he can hit .100?

      you are an optimist.

    • notsofast10 - Mar 3, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      How do you steal first base?

      • sawxalicious - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        Ask A.J. Piersinski….

  3. Dan Camponovo - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    He won’t get to 500 PA with a career .301 OBP. Can’t steal first base.

    • genericcommenter - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Someone gave Ichiro 555 PA at .297 last season, after getting 423 at .288 with Seattle the previous season. But I imagine his defense is better, at least as valuable as it can be for a corner OF that doesn’t hit.

  4. happytwinsfan - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    the dodgers are paying a guy who may or may not be good enough to go north with the team 7 million a year for four years? goody gum drops, a new evil empire to futilely rage against.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Considering the player had just left Cuba and hadn’t played organized ball for a full year. You could be right, or he really is pretty talented.

      The Dodgers have the money to invest in a full 40-man roster, and they’re doing it.

      • happytwinsfan - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        yes they are thinking 40 man roster not just 25 man team. they have the means to do it and are spending accordingly and they have to be respected for that. now that we twins fans don’t have seeing sano come up this year to look forward to at least we can have some fun pissing and moaning about the rich teams. if you’re a dodger fan you should consider it a compliment. carry on evil empire west, make the yankees look like scrooges!

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