After the Dodgers signed Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero many felt that would end the speculation that the Dodgers would be involved in signing Robinson Cano this offseason, despite reports to the contrary from Stan Kasten and Magic Johnson.
But, I was thinking yesterday morning, and this could really be a long shot actually, but Guerrero has played some shortstop in Cuba, so could he play there at the big league level? Many feel he is more of a second baseman and that he can't play shortstop in the big leagues. Early scouting reports on fellow Cubans Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig proved to be somewhat inaccurate after seeing them perform at the major league level. Many felt that the Dodgers overpaid for Puig and he was not considered to be as talented as Cespedes. When the A's signed Cespedes, many felt he would need to start his major league career in AA. After hitting .292 with 23 HRs, 82 RBI and 16 stolen bases in his rookie season, those early reports were obviously wrong. The same holds true for Puig, as he his now regarded as one of the better outfielders in baseball, and his $42 million contract looks cheap at this point.
Is it possible that the early scouting reports on Guerrero are inaccurate as well? Reports on the Dodgers officially signing Guerrero refer to him as a "middle infield prospect", not a "second base prospect".
Here is a quote from Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, via True Blue LA, SB Nation's Dodgers fan site:
"We feel Alexander can be an offensive infielder and a solid everyday player," general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. "We’re looking forward to him competing for a middle infield position and becoming a key contributor in 2014."
I admit Guerrero playing shortstop might be a stretch, but if the Dodgers GM refers to him as a middle infielder, there is a chance he could play shortstop, right?
If it is possible that Guerrero can play shortstop, the Dodgers could fill their need for a third baseman this offseason by moving Hanley Ramirez to third base, with Guerrero at shortstop, and signing Cano to play second base. Even if they do not sign Cano, I think the Dodgers should just move Hanley to third anyway, to preserve his body over a full 162 game schedule.
The Dodgers owners Mark Walter has already shown he will spend money to put a winning team on the field, and wants to win at all costs. Add in the fact that the Dodgers did not make the World Series this season, and I would not rule out the Dodgers signing Cano. What is the likelihood? I think it is very small chance, but who thought the Angels would sign Albert Pujols two years ago?
As a Dodgers fan, I would not like the idea of signing Cano due to the length of contract he is looking for, as some have Cano signing an 8 year deal worth around $200 million. Cano just turned 31 years old earlier this week, so he is on the wrong side of 30. Plus, the Dodgers highest priority this offseason is to sign ace Clayton Kershaw to a long term contract, and recent reports have the Dodgers making him the highest paid starting pitcher in the game. One report had the Dodgers offering Kershaw a lifetime contract worth $300 million.
Should the Dodgers sign Cano, this is what their lineup would look like:
LF Carl Crawford
RF Yasiel Puig
2B Robinson Cano
3B Hanley Ramirez
1B Adrian Gonzalez
CF Matt Kemp
SS Alexander Guerrero
C A.J. Ellis
Pretty sick lineup, huh?
What do Fake Teams readers think? Are the Dodgers crazy enough to sign Robinson Cano this offseason?
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