Again, I don’t really like talking about upcoming player or management moves when Game 5 of the NLCS is just hours away, but it’s being reported, so it’s worth noting. For something like the 75th time in the last six months, the Dodgers and Alexander Guerrero are in the news:
The Dodgers are again one of a few teams in the thick of the Alex Guerrero talks, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Guerrero, the power-hitting Cuban infielder who has been compared to Dan Uggla (the good Uggla, before his slump), reportedly was close to a deal several weeks ago with the Dodgers, but that one fell apart after it was realized that Guerrero’s first representatives were not certified agents.
The Dodgers were suggested in some reports to be unlikely to get back into the derby after their first deal fell through. But it appears they are back in now.
That first potential seal was reported by MLB.com to have been for $32 million over five years. Now, Guerrero, 26, is said to be seeking a deal for four years maximum, so he can become a free agent at age 30.
We’ve been over this a few times, but the short version is that Guerrero is expected to bring good power for a middle infielder, and should be able to handle second base defensively considering that he’s been a shortstop in Cuba. Obviously, the Dodgers have an opening at second base (exercising Mark Ellis‘ option isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it’s not ideal) and just about none of us want Robinson Cano on an absurd contract, especially when Clayton Kershaw remains unsigned past 2014, so this fit makes sense. Bring it on — or don’t. Just sign somewhere already.