Report: Dodgers lobbying Michael Young to put off retirement

by Jan 30, 8:11 AM

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Resolved to augment their infield depth, the Dodgers continue to lobby veteran infielder Michael Young to forego retirement for one season, reports ESPN's Mark Saxon.

The Dodgers continue to try to convince Michael Young to put off retirement and return as a place-holder second baseman, bench contributor and veteran presence. 

Young, who resides in California, suggested earlier this week that he will consider playing only for the Dodgers, and won't entertain the possibility of signing with another club. The 37-year-old spent the majority of the 2013 campaign with the Phillies, but was shipped to Los Angeles in a late-season trade and appeared in 21 games with the Dodgers during the final month of the regular season.

A 14-year veteran, Young has logged considerable time at several infield positions and the Dodgers may be inclined to utilize him regularly at second base, as skepticism reportedly abounds over newly-signed Alexander Guerrero's defensive prowess.

Saxon continues:

They signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to be the team’s everyday second baseman, but the team has enough doubts about his ability to field the position steadily that it now says that will be an open competition this spring.