CHICAGO — The Dodgers designated utility player Alex Guerrero for assignment Tuesday after two and a half mostly disappointing years in the organization.
The Dodgers have 10 days to release or trade Guerrero, or place him on outright waivers. He can’t be sent to the minors without his permission under the terms of his contract. The Dodgers still owe Guerrero $7.5 million this year and next, but he is not on their 40-man roster as of today.
Guerrero, 29, hasn’t played this season because of a knee injury he suffered in spring training. He saw his rehabilitation stint end Sunday after the maximum 20 days in the minor leagues. He went 9-for-66 at the plate with two walks — 1-for-8 with six strikeouts in two Triple-A games last week.
Guerrero signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Dodgers prior to the 2014 season after defecting from Cuba.
As reported today, the Dodgers had a few options for what to do with Guerrero, none of which were particularly palatable from a team perspective because he would not relent to being optioned to the minors. Guerrero’s lack of a defensive position (the Dodgers used him at third base and left field this year) made him a difficult fit on a National League roster.
The Cuban slugger spent most of his first year in the United States at Triple-A, a season interrupted when a teammate at Triple-A bit off a portion of his ear. He debuted in September 2014 and went 1 for 13.
Last year, his first full season in the majors, Guerrero slashed .233/.261/.434 in mostly a reserve role with the Dodgers. At times he flashed the prodigious power that earned him a big contract when he defected from Cuba, but only two of his 11 home runs were hit after June 1.