It wasn't long ago that Guerrero was viewed as the next highly touted Cuban import set to make a splash in the MLB, but due to the Dodgers' existing infield depth along with his defensive shortcomings, lack of plate discipline and health woes, the 30-year-old never seemed to find anything more than fleeting success in his three years in the organization. He spent the entire 2016 campaign in the minors before getting released by the Dodgers last June, and didn't latch on anywhere thereafter. While Guerrero's natural power should allow him to thrive against lower-caliber pitching in Japan, considering his advancing age and previously failures in the MLB, it looks unlikely that he'll resurface in the big leagues again.
Guerrero had been designated for assignment on May 31 and will now seek employment with a new team. The 29-year-old went a combined 2-for-40 in 10 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.
The Dodgers had to make a decision with Guerrero's rehab clock expiring, and instead of reinstating him to the active roster, they decided to effectively cut ties. Under the terms of his contract, Guerrero cannot be sent to the minors without his consent. Los Angeles will likely have to eat close to $9 million if it cannot find a trade partner within the next 10 days.
The Dodgers are not expected to make an official announcement until later Tuesday night, but there simply does not appear to be room for Guerrero on the active roster. Guerrero did next to nothing while on a minor league rehab assignment, going a combined 9-for-66 (.136 average) with two extra-base hits (both with the High-A affiliate). He will probably look to land a minor league deal elsewhere.
Guerrero (knee) will take his rehab assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City after going 1-for-30 for Double-A Tulsa.
The clock is ticking on Guerrero, who cannot be kept in the minors past Monday without his consent per his contract. The Dodgers may just choose to eat the money due Guerrero (a bit over $8 million) and release him given his performance.
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