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Dodgers rumors: Can Alexander Guerrero even play 2B for LA Dodgers in 2014?

Clayton Kershaw is the No. 1 starter, but who will play 2B for the Dodgers in 2014?
Clayton Kershaw is the No. 1 starter, but who will play 2B for the Dodgers in 2014?
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Dodgers rumors about Alexander Guerrero reveal the team is unsure he can start at second base. These LA Dodgers rumors come from Thursday (Jan. 30), as the team tries to formulate a backup plan if he can't do it. According to a report from Yahoo!, the team is very excited about his offensive potential, but equally concerned about the defense that he will provide the team at second base.

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Guerrero was given a nice four-year, $28 million contract in the offseason after defecting from Cubs. He has been penciled in as the Opening Day second baseman, but there has also been talk that he might start the season in the minor leagues if he doesn't prove he can do it in Spring Training. He played shortstop in Cubs, but the team already has former MLB All-Star Hanley Ramirez ready to take his position back on a permanent basis.

That leads to the various backup options that could include Chone Figgins, Dee Gordon, and Michael Young. Skip Schumaker, Nick Punto, and Mark Ellis are no longer on the roster, possibly putting the team in a difficult position to open the year. It raises some serious questions about why the team sought to sign Alexander Guerrero in the first place, but these LA Dodgers rumors will likely lead to a resolution in the coming months.

One possible option that continuously gets floated around is a rumored trade of an outfielder like Andre Ethier to the Seattle Mariners for second baseman Nick Franklin. Franklin has become available due to the signing of Robinson Cano and the team could certainly use an upgrade in the outfield.

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