Dodgers Rumors: ‘Number Of Teams’ Interested In Acquiring Javy Guerra

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With a crowded bullpen and an emergence of young arms in Spring Training, the Los Angeles Dodgers were forced to part with a reliever that was a closer as recently as 2012.

Javy Guerra was left off the travel roster for Australia and was designated for assignment to make room for the others that made the 40-man roster. Now, the Dodgers have 10 days to trade Guerra or release him. According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, there’s some interest in the former closer:

Guerra was expected to garner some interest, as he’s still young and has proven himself as a closer in the big leagues. The writing was seemingly on the wall for Guerra this off-season after Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell were re-signed and Chris Perez and Jamey Wright were signed while Guerra was out of options. In 2013, Guerra appeared in just nine games for the Dodgers and spent a majority of the season in Triple-A.

Heading into the spring, Guerra was expected to compete with Brandon League, Chris Withrow, Jose Dominguez and Seth Rosin for the final spot in the bullpen. In eight innings this spring, Guerra had a 2.25 ERA but allowed nine hits in that span. It wasn’t enough to warrant a spot on the Dodgers’ roster and it sounds like he’s now on the way out.

In 2011, Guerra emerged as the Dodgers closer and finished the season with 21 saves and a 2.31 ERA. He began the next season as the team’s closer but quickly lost the job after a series of blown saves. The 28-year-old can fill a void in a lot of bullpens, giving him a great chance to make a major league club once he’s traded or released. In exchange for Guerra, the Dodgers could receive cash compensation or or look to add a piece to their bench.

Bullpen depth has became a strength for the Dodgers over the past year and claimed its’ first victim in Guerra.

UPDATE: 11:00 am from Chris Cotillo regarding increased interest in Guerra


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Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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