Report: Dodgers shopping Alex Guerrero in trade talks.

Alex Guerrero

Alex Guerrero had a .490 slugging percentage as a pinch hitter in 2015. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)


The Dodgers are talking to “numerous teams” about a possible Alex Guerrero trade, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Guerrero, a career .303/.386/.528 hitter in Cuba, had a .233/.261/.434 slash line last season after falling into a deep second-half slump. Besides having no obvious place in the Dodgers’ batting order, Guerrero hasn’t had a primary position since he defected either.

A shortstop in Cuba, the Dodgers used Guerrero primarily at third base and left field last season when he wasn’t biding his time as a pinch hitter. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman recently asked Howie Kendrick to take reps at third base as a possible backup to Justin Turner, further pushing Guerrero down the depth chart.

Friedman gave a tepid response last week when asked to identify how Guerrero fit into the team’s plans: “we’ll look at how we want to configure our roster; which pieces fit and which pieces don’t as well.”

Guerrero can become a free agent at the end of any season in which he is traded. In a trade, he’s basically a one-year, $7.5 million rental. If he remains a Dodger, the club will owe him $15 million over the next two seasons.

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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.