The Los Angeles Dodgers have been in the middle of just about every rumor involving a big name player this offseason. Yet to this point, the Dodgers haven’t made any crazy moves or decisions involving their future. The funny part about all of this would be the fact that there is still a gaping hole in the Dodgers’ infield. If you were to look at the Dodgers’ depth chart, third base should be blank to this point because no one knows who’s going to man the hot corner for Los Angeles come opening day of 2014.
There has been a back and forth battle of rumors and negotiations between the Dodgers and previous starting third baseman Juan Uribe. Ned Colletti has stated there was a contract offer already presented to Uribe, but Juan has been mum on a reply. There are rumors that Juan wants multiple years and the Dodgers are only looking for one year out of the veteran third baseman. Maybe the Dodgers haven’t offered enough money in Juan’s direction. Whatever the reason is, these negotiations between the two are forcing the Dodgers to look in another direction.
It now appears as though Colletti and company are looking in the direction of Michael Young to play everyday third base for the Dodgers in 2014. Young played well for Los Angeles following the trade between the Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies that sent Michael to the Dodgers. Young finished with a .314 batting average during his brief 2013 stint with the Dodgers. Although Young may fit in offensively with Los Angeles, defensively is a whole different story. Uribe was a gold glove finalist while Young continues to prove he’s just average at best with his glove.
Regardless of if it’s Uribe or Young, the Dodgers need to sign someone to play third base for the squad in 2014. Trading a prospect or two for a third baseman could also be an option, but the better route would be signing a free agent to hold down the position until Corey Seager is ready to man the hot corner in the big leagues. Either way, Los Angeles needs to fill their third base position sooner rather than later.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org