Concerned About Second Base Yet?

This morning at FanGraphs, I took a look at the increasingly questionable second base situation for the Dodgers:

But while there’s obvious questions about how reliable the projections might be, the unavoidable truth is this: if Guerrero doesn’t work out or isn’t ready, the Dodgers have almost nowhere else they can turn, and so if this isn’t the worst situation for a contender in the bigs, it’s almost certainly the riskiest.

This isn’t our Miguel Rojas. But it is a Miguel Rojas, and how could I resist?

It’s not that I don’t like Alexander Guerrero, of course. It’s that he has so many questions marks hanging over him — mainly the missed season in Cuba and limited winter ball play thanks to an injured left hamstring — that I can’t say that it’s at all a given that he’s going to be ready to play on Opening Day. And, though the FG article only went up this morning, I wrote it on Tuesday night, before we got the added curveball about his uncertain visa status.

As you’ll see in the FG article, the primary in-house option is Dee Gordon, which is hardly appealing, and this situation is probably going to get Justin Sellers through yet another winter on the 40-man roster. And yet Ned Colletti keeps talking about Miguel Rojas, who did get an invite to the Winter Development Program, and who reportedly has an outstanding glove. Yet there’s just seemingly no way that a guy who has a career .234/.302/.287 line in parts of eight minor league seasons — all but 44 games of which have been below Triple-A, where he hit only .186/.226/.233 in 2012 and didn’t return to in 2013 — can be anything approximating even a below-average major league hitter.

Hopefully, Guerrero gets into the country, arrives at camp, and shocks us all. But with each day, I’m feeling less confident about that, and there’s no good alternatives available otherwise. Right now, this is probably the biggest trouble spot on the team heading into 2014.

1949 comments
Purple Drank
Purple Drank

LA Woman is right.

Kershaw is going to pitch opening day like 8 times this year

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

what we all really know about Tanaka is that the Dodgers will call him because everyone will and one way or another it will be resolved in the next two weeks very likely near the end of those two weeks

ryus_hadouken
ryus_hadouken

Just hearing about how the Dodgers open up and their schedule logic confuses the hell out of me.


They play a few regular season games in US than an exhibition in AU than back to US again, right?

Jobu
Jobu

Someone please put up a pic of Kersh and TANAKA shaking hands to get the "Kersh is leaving" folks off the ledge

Lobo
Lobo

@ryus_hadouken Nope.  Spring Training games, then two regular season games in Australia, then the regular Opening Day game against the Padres

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

@Jobu we still get another season with him until he joins his best friend Tolleson back home in Texas

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Lobo@ryus_hadouken Then home opener at DS. And apparently all at 5-day intervals, so conceivably, Kersh could pitch all our openers (I don't remember where I read that).

*VND*
*VND*

@Lobo @Purple VND @ryus_hadouken i just want to make sure i get to go to an opening day like the one i went to last year. partied at the bottom of the hill, partied at the top of the hill, partied during the game, then partied after the game. so much party i dunno how my liver survived