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Dodgers: Miguel Vargas Reveals He Still Hasn’t Heard from Team on Role for 2023

Dodgers prospect Miguel Vargas got a cup of coffee with Los Angeles last year, and he’s expected to see regular playing time in the big leagues in 2023. The question, though, is where he’ll play. He’s been mostly a third baseman throughout his minor-league career, but he has also played second base and left field.

Vargas was interview in Spanish at an event in Miami, and there were some insightful bits in the conversation.

“Have the Dodgers spoken to you about your role in 2023?”

“No, I haven’t spoken with the team about my role. I’m training and preparing for when I get to Spring Training. Whatever they want to use me, whether it’s third base or any position. I’m willing, I want to win and I want to compete for my team.”

“What has been the most you emphasized on these months?”

“In everything I don’t take anything for granted for myself to be better in every way that I can, even if it’s batting and running, for me I don’t take it for granted I want to be the best version of myself in every way that I can and that’s the focus I have.”

We’ve been told that Vargas has been working hard this offseason, but it’s no real surprise that the team hasn’t talked to him about his role. Things are still fluid, and there are scenarios in which Vargas plays any or all of his three positions, so it makes sense for him to be preparing to play any or all of them.

Vargas is young, athletic, and talented, and it will be exciting to see what he can do as a rookie this year, even if none of us, including him, know what his role will be.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. A little off subject but, I’d like to see Vargas keep working out at third, left & center field. Will Smith.
    I would like to see him work at third & possibly get in some games there later this year. Reason being, if Vargas can’t handle third but can hit well, he could be the center fielder. Then, if Dalton Rushing & Diego Cartaya continue to evolve & improve, (workout Cartaya in left), the Dodgers can keep Smith, 3B., Cartaya, LF, Vargas CF & Rushing as the catcher. This allows the club to keep all 3 of its catchers. This scenario probably doesn’t fully play out until 2024.

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