“We’ve been in contact with Juan. Been in contact with a handful of agents for players who can play the infield,” Colletti said. “Really our emphasis is on infielders and relief pitching right now.”
As infielders are concerned, Colletti didn’t rule out beginning the 2014 season with a platoon situation at third base or second base. One player included in that mix is likely Michael Young. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reported this morning that the Dodgers are considering Young as an option for their starting third baseman. That seems to be one of many options on the table, at best.
“We may have to mix and match a little bit,” Colletti said. “We may have to make another type of move. It’s always fluid to us. The team you have on New Year’s Eve isn’t necessarily the team you’re going to have the first day of camp, the last day of camp or the middle of the season. We’re in a decent spot. It would be great to add another middle infielder or two who can shore up that part of our game. But we have other options that we’re considering in the event that we can’t sign who we want.”
Asked specifically about what a platoon scenario might look like, Colletti said it “depends on who it is.”
“You could get a right-handed hitting third baseman, a left-handed hitting third baseman. We could do that at second base, to some extent.”
The Dodgers hope that Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, who signed a four-year $28 million contract in October, can be the team’s primary second baseman next season. There’s still some uncertainty that he can.
One name that hasn’t been thrown in the third-base mix yet is Hanley Ramirez. Colletti said he hasn’t approached Ramirez, primarily a shortstop since he joined the Dodgers midway through the 2012 season, about being the team’s third baseman next year. Colletti hasn’t ruled out this option, either.
Colletti was in South Los Angeles on Saturday morning to distribute toys at the Angel City Toy Giveaway, an event co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Rotary Club and the City of Los Angeles.
More on that in a future blog entry.