The Dodgers may not be done shopping yet folks. Rumors are starting to surface that the Dodgers have interest in Michael Bourn and Scott Rolen. Jon Heyman writes that at least one prominent Dodgers player contacted Bourn encouraging him to sign in Los Angeles. That move seems a bit puzzling no doubt. The Dodgers have plenty of logjams on their roster, adding Bourn to the mix would certainly not make that any easier, unless of course, one of Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier are on the move.
Interest in Bourn has been complicated this season due to his asking price and the amount of years he is currently asking for. The other big issue is the draft pick compensation, as well as the budgeted draft salary amount that corresponds with the pick. It’s not entirely surprising to see teams playing the wait-and-see game. With all that being said, I have the Texas Rangers as the favorite for Bourn’s service.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has reached out to Scott Rolen to express the team’s interest in him, according to Ken Gurnick. Mattingly said he spoke to Rolen about what the Dodgers envision his role would be, but did not ask Rolen specifically about his decision making or timing.
Well, I certainly like the idea of Rolen hanging around in 2013. Rolen has been very successful inside Dodger Stadium, batting .338 with a .955 OPS. I can envision Rolen being the veteran clubhouse guy that has sorely been lacking for the last several seasons. Rolen, 37, has shown he can still be productive and I think he would fit in well as the veteran bench hitter for the Dodgers. He would also be great insurance should Luis Cruz fail as the starting third baseman, as well as the primary right-handed-hitting backup to Adrian Gonzalez at first base.