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Dodgers will carry Alexander Guerrero on their Opening Day roster

Mar 21, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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We’re mere hours away from the official start of the regular season, when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will square off in Australia. The Dodgers have made some last-minute roster decisions which includes 27-year-old Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero making the Opening Day roster.

The Dodgers have placed Matt Kemp, Josh Beckett, and Chad Billingsley on the disabled list retroactive to March 19, per the team’s official Twitter. Dan Haren, Zack Greinke, and Brandon League have been placed under a roster exemption while Carl Crawford has been put on paternity leave, also per the team’s Twitter. Because he has options, the Dodgers optioned catcher Tim Federowicz to Triple-A to keep Drew Butera around as the back-up catcher. Lastly, Joc Pederson, Zach Lee, and Miguel Rojas have also been optioned to the minor leagues.

Justin Turner will start at second base and bat second in the lineup. Guerrero could be used as a pinch-hitter in either of the two games in Australia against the D-Backs. Because he still needs to make some defensive adjustments, Guerrero is likely to report to Triple-A before the Dodgers open up the regular season back in the United States on March 30 in San Diego.

  1. Professor Fate - Mar 22, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Despite this game being an Opening Day showcase for MLB you cannot see it unless you are in L.A. or Arizona or have paid for MLBN. It’s nice that baseball is trying to grow its brand in other countries, now how about growing it here in the states by putting supposedly big-deal games like this on national television? The day cable (and the one satellite) companies see the writing on the wall and move to an ala carte business model can’t come soon enough.

    I dumped Dish Network because the signal went away whenever it so much as drizzled outside, so maybe it’s time to cut the cable and join the legions moving to the likes of Hulu, Netflix, etc. I pay for something like 250 channels, 240 of which are useless crap. Giving money to a dozen shopping channels and a dozen religious channels in order to view a few worthwhile programs isn’t my idea of value in entertainment.

    Rant over, going to bed. I guess I’ll have to settle for the highlights on that crappy Sportscenter thing. Screw you Bud Selig.

    • NYTolstoy - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:17 AM

      I completely agree with you. It’s terrible how these company’s pin us down and give us choice A or choice B. I have cable and live in LA now and the cable company just hired my bill because of the dodgers. Still I love baseball and I’m up at 2 am watching the game lol I’m not even a Dodger fan but damn it feels good watching a game that counts! It’s beautiful so so beautiful.

      On another note these Australians are pretty damn loud and showing some excitement. I love that it feels like a big game.

    • jya87 - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM


      google vipbox

      i heard some people were able to catch the game with pretty good video quality

  2. cur'68 - Mar 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Ah look. He’s staying with the Big Club after all. Good.

    • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      According to his contract, he has to approve any minor league assignment. This is really just as much Guerrero’s decision as it is that of the Dodgers. When you have Justin Turner, who is below average offensively and defensively, starting in front of you and the team considering Dee Gordon (who is horrible at baseball) for the position as well, you have more than some minor adjustments to make.

      • cur'68 - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

        He an hit a little though. He’ll get a chance to show what he can do.

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        He’ll get the chance. I read a lot of scouting reports about Guerrero, Arruebarrena (I spelled that without looking it up :- ) ), and Diaz because of the Cardinal’s interest in Diaz. Most reports didn’t consider Guerrero particularly athletic. He has some power, but his last 2 years in Cuba, he wasn’t much above an average hitter (average BA in the league is > .300) for that league. The pitching in Cuba is pretty bad, so…you just never know if a guy will have the tools/ability to make it happen when he isn’t facing 80 MPH FBs anymore. Anyway, for him, Diaz, and Arruebarrena (and Abreu as well), it is all going to be about adjusting to MLB pitching, when you have been facing pitching that is worse than A+ MiLB pitching in the US. Arruebarrena has the advantage of being a great fielder, which no one says about the other guys.

      • spudchukar - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        PL, I concur. And the notion that Mattingly isn’t starting Guerrero for psychological reasons is inane. This is MLB, if Guerrero was ready to help the Dodgers in the starting line-up he would be in it.

        And like you said, when you cannot beat out Turner and Gordon, you know you have some serious work to do.

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        I really think that Guerrero and Arruebarrena are over-rated by fans right now due to the Puig/Cespedes effect….and it really looks like the Dodgers didn’t so much set the market for talent out of Cuba as they set the market for what the Dodgers would pay for Cuban talent.

        I haven’t seen any scouting reports that have thought that Guerrero, Arruebarrena, or Diaz would be 1st tier starters (meaning starters on a good team) in MLB. Most thought they would max out as utility players while admitting that it was hard to project because of the giant gap in pitching talent between MLB and Cuba.

        I am optimistic about Diaz because the Cardinal scouting and development has earned them the benefit of the doubt. He had 2 hits and started as SS yesterday in his first ST game….so…obviously, he’s a future HOFer. :-)

      • spudchukar - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        Unless the Dodgers intentionally tried to set the International salary level artificially high, it is hard to understand the bucks they coughed up.

        Arruebarrena, (like you been working on the spelling), has a glove, but no bat, and Guerrero has neither, and isn’t wowing anybody with his athleticism.

        At least Diaz has some hope both in the field and the plate, and like you said with the Cards ability to develop talent, maybe St. Louis got the best of the trio, at a greatly reduced price. Like the way Diaz turned on that inside fastball from Gonzales.

      • paperlions - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        As an aside, it is just pretty cool that the Cards actually signed Diaz because I’ve been rooting for that to happen for about 14 months. Of course, the original reports were more positive than those based more on first hand observations….but it was still pretty cool to have them sign a guy I had been hoping would add depth to the MIF in the organization. That NEVER happened before with respect to international FAs or amateurs.

  3. irishdodger - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Sounding more & more like it’s time to part ways w/ Matt Kemp & Josh Beckett. Both have shown they can’t get/stay healthy…looks like their careers are all but fizzled out.

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