LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are again one of a few teams in the thick of the Alex Guerrero talks, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Guerrero, the power-hitting Cuban infielder who has been compared to Dan Uggla (the good Uggla, before his slump), reportedly was close to a deal several weeks ago with the Dodgers, but that one fell apart after it was realized that Guerrero's first representatives were not certified agents.
The Dodgers were suggested in some reports to be unlikely to get back into the derby after their first deal fell through. But it appears they are back in now.
That first potential seal was reported by MLB.com to have been for $32 million over five years. Now, Guerrero, 26, is said to be seeking a deal for four years maximum, so he can become a free agent at age 30.
Should the Dodgers sign Guerrero, they'd be even less apt to go for top free agent Robinson Cano, also a second baseman. Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson has suggested Cano isn't too likely, as things stand, provided they are able to sign star pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
Several of the teams trying to sign him have been looking to do deals even longer than five years. The team that's willing to do four years or fewer at his price is the one who'll likely get him.
The Giants, Red Sox, Reds and Rangers all have also been connected to Guerrero, though Reds general manager Walt Jocketty suggested on Monday that he believes Guerrero will sign elsewhere and a Rangers source suggested they are not currently going hard for Guerrero.
It is possible the Cardinals could become a new entry for Guerrero as they are said to have scouted him. The Mets are said to have had a brief talk regarding Guerrero, as well, but they don't seem as likely now.
It was reported here two weeks ago that at least seven teams had made offers for Guerrero. Citing a source familiar with the talks, the Dodgers were painted as being on the "outskirts" of the talks at that time. It may depend on one's perspective, but the Dodgers are now said by a person connected to the team to be involved after heavily scouting him.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said “nothing has changed” in regards to Guerrero. Agent Scott Boras declined to comment.
Guerrero is seen a sure-fire second baseman who could also play shortstop or third base. Power is his best tool, scouts say.