Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:44:17 -0700
The Los Angeles Dodgers activated OF Carl Crawford off the paternity list Tuesday, March 25, and optioned 2B Alexander Guerrero to Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:45:10 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Justin Turner and 2B Dee Gordon will platoon at second base to begin the season.
Fantasy Tip: Alexander Guerrero will be sent down but still has some value in NL-only leagues. Gordon is the one with value in this platoon with his lights-out speed, but his playing time will dictate if he's worth owning in mixed leagues. Turner has nominal NL-only value.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:37:39 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon appears to be in line for the starting second base duties when the team plays a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia this weekend after a solid spring performance. Gordon hit .286 with four triples and nine steals without being caught in camp. Gordon could platoon with 2B Chone Figgins, with Gordon facing right-handers, according to manager Don Mattingly.
"My mindset now is to be the best player I can be for the Dodgers. It's not all about me. I'm definitely mentally tougher than I was. I'm not going to sit here and whine, say I got treated wrong. I'm going to adapt to the situation and be a better player." 2B Alexander Guerrero is now expected to start the year in the minors as he continues to make the shift from shortstop to second base.
Fantasy Tip: Gordon is a post-hype prospect that is a real sleeper candidate in mixed and NL-only drafts. Folks will start to catch on that Guerrero was a bit overvalued, at least early this year. If he can improve on his on-base percentage adjustments in the minors last year and make some more contact, Gordon can be a poor-man's Billy Hamilton.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:11:55 -0700
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon is traveling with the team tomorrow and 2B Alexander Guerrero is not, which could be a sign that Gordon is winning the competition to start at second base.
Fantasy Tip: With everyday playing time Gordon could be a real sleeper, at least in NL-only leagues. He'll need to make better contact and take more walks, though, but his speed remains his best asset. Guerrero is a huge risk in deep mixed leagues, especially since he took the entire year off in 2013.
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 15:30:46 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Alexander Guerrero is struggling with the defensive switch from shortstop to second base. The team prefers to use either Guerrero or 2B Dee Gordon at the keystone because they are both on the active roster.
Gordon is more athletic and has added some muscle, but Guerrero has a broader body and uppercut swing. Guerrero has yet to show smoothness in the lower body as was expected.
Fantasy Tip: Gordon is clearly superior defensively than Guerrero right now, and if Guerrero doesn't impress with the stick, Gordon could win the job on opening day. Gordon is a nice little sleeper in NL-only leagues.
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:36:24 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the starting second base job is up in the air between 2Bs Alexander Guerrero, Dee Gordon, Chone Figgins and Justin Turner.
Fantasy Tip: This might just be coach speak by Mattingly. All along it's been expected that Guerrero is the favorite for the job. That could change with a poor spring performance, however. Guerrero is risky because we don't know much about him. In mixed leagues, he's safer as middle infield insurance.
Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:05:23 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Alexander Guerrero played in his first Cactus League spring game Wednesday, Feb. 26. He started at second base and grounded out in his only two at-bats. He cleanly fielded the only grounder his way and turned a smooth pivot on a tailor-made double-play grounder to SS Chone Figgins. "He looked better at the plate in his second at-bat," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's his first spring training game. We're actually not judging off one game or two at-bats. I'm happy with what I saw."
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:56:25 -0800
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated the team may use a platoon of SS Dee Gordon and 2B Alexander Guerrero at second base this season. Gordon would play mostly against right-handed pitchers, while Guerrero would play against mostly left-handed pitchers. Mattingly said he does not believe a platoon would affect Guerrero's development.
Fantasy Tip: Gordon and Guerrero probably should be considered as NL-only options if they do share time at second base this season.
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:18:31 -0800
The Los Angeles Dodgers are now calling the battle for the starting second base job an open competition. Doubt about the fielding of 2B Alexander Guerrero mean SS Dee Gordon and SS Miguel Rojas, also candidates for the starting second base job, have a chance to start.
Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:17:55 -0800
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban import 2B Alexander Guerrero to be the team's everyday second baseman, but the team has enough doubts about his ability to field the position steadily that it now says that will be an open competition this spring.