Entering the offseason many envisioned the Los Angeles Dodgers would be big spenders and extremely active.
The winter meetings have come and gone, but the Dodgers have been relatively quiet.
Outside of re-signing key contributors J.P Howell, Juan Uribe, and Brian Wilson, the Dodgers have yet to make a big splash.
The team lost utility players Skip Schumaker to the Cincinnati Reds, and Nick Punto to the Oakland Athletics. Also no longer on the team is relief pitcher Ronald Belisario, who signed with the Chicago White Sox.
As valuable as some of the contributions were from that trio of players, the departure that has left the biggest void is Mark Ellis, who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.
As a whole, Ellis isn’t considered to be in the upper echelon of second basemen. A key factor for that may be Ellis’s age, as he’s 36-years-old, but defensively, you would be hard pressed to find a better option.
In two seasons with the Dodgers, Ellis was sound defensively, posting a cumulative .991 fielding percentage, and batted a respectable .264.
To date, many would likely point to the Dodgers offseason signing of Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero as the team’s marquee move.
While it is unlikely Guerrero will have the immediate impact that fellow Cuban Yasiel Puig had, as it stands, Guerrero appears to be a viable candidate to be the starting second baseman on Opening Day.
Guerrero may end up playing shortstop as he progresses through his career, but with the Dodgers re-signing Uribe for two years, Hanley Ramirez appears to be entrenched at shortstop, which is his preferred position.
On Wednesday, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti was a guest on Mark Willard’s ESPN LA radio show and among the topics discussed was the hole at second base.
Colletti immediately mentioned Guerrero, who will have the opportunity to arrive early at the Dodgers training facility in Glendale, Ariz. if he chooses.
Accordingly to Colletti, the Dodgers will also be looking at Dee Gordon, who has yet to materialize, and Miguel Rojas, who is currently with the Dodgers double-A affiliate.
While Colletti did acknowledge the Dodgers could potentially find a solution via trade, he did state that due to the caliber of bats expected to be in the lineup, second base could conceivably become a position that is filled with a defensive-minded player.