As Juan Uribe remains a free agent, Ned Colletti is expanding Dodgers’ infield options.

Hanley Ramirez

The Dodgers haven’t talked to Hanley Ramirez about being their starting third baseman in 2014. (Associated Press photo)

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti hasn’t eliminated the possibility of re-signing Juan Uribe. But now that Uribe has rejected multiple contract offers, Colletti sounded more open to other alternatives Saturday than he has at any point this off-season.

“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.’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.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.