The State of the Infield:
Hanley Ramirez is happy and healthy and wants to remain a Dodger for the rest of his career. Oh, and by the way… he’s not moving off of Shortstop! You can take that to the bank. Quit talking about him moving to 3B, because it ain’t happening for at least two more years and then it will happen when he wants to.
The Dodgers have the Pirate – you know “Arrrrr” who is allegedly the incarnation of Omar Vizquel and Ozzie Smith COMBINED, but can’t jump out of a boat and hit water (allegedly)! Juan Uribe is signed for two years (the Dodgers will be lucky to get one out of him), Alex Guerrero is slotted for 2B but also has the arm for 3B, in fact, I think 3B would be an easier transition for him. If something happens to Uribe, look for Guerrero to go there.
Corey Seager is AT LEAST a year away and I have no opinion as to whether he can play shortstop in the major leagues. Time will tell. It’s possible that the Pirate and Guerrero could both start the season at AA. Dee Gordon is bucking for the 2B spot and could get it. This is likely his last chance as a Dodger.
Through it all, short will be manned by Hanley if he is healthy. Write that down. I said it last year and I’m still saying it. A Happy Hanley could be the MVP. You don’t have to consider any more than that!
Chone Figgins would be a nice story, but don’t count out Brendan Harris or Justin Turner.
Barring injury, Uribe and Ramirez will be on the left side of the infield and Adrian Gonzalez will man 1B. It’s possible that any of the six (6) players below could be the opening day second-baseman:
- Alexander Guerrero – 40% chance
- Dee Gordon – 25% chance
- Brendan Harris – 15% chance
- Justin Turner – 10% chance
- Miguel Rojas – 5% chance
- Chone Figgins – 5% chance
Ideally, it will be Guerrero, but he has a lot to learn about playing 2B and we have no clue how quickly he will adapt to major-league pitching.
Look for the Dodgers to make a bold move and open the season with Corey Seager at AA… although his spring will dictate that.
What if… Dee Gordon has an outstanding spring and wins the 2B job? Would the Dodgers dare try this lineup?
- Gordon 2B
- Crawford LF
- Ramirez SS
- Gonzalez 1B
- Kemp CF
- Puig RF
- Uribe 3B
- Ellis C