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After acquiring Second Baseman Ryan Theriot along with Lilly at the deadline, Theriot's time with the Dodgers may already be coming to an end. If the Dodgers non-tender the veteran, they would then explore options for another utility infielder.
Despite Theriot's hitting woes down the stretch of the 2010 season, Dodgers fans would likely welcome him back, desiring to have a stable middle infielder. Los Angeles has had several players attempt to fill the gap left by the retirement of Jeff Kent, but so far no one has stepped up to solidify the spot.
Angel Berroa, Jamey Carroll, Orlando Hudson, Ronnie Belliard, Blake DeWitt, and most recently Theriot are just some of the names acquired and let go since Kent called it quits.
The Texas Rangers, thwarted by the Giants in their quest for their first-ever World Series, have decided to part ways with veteran Cristian Guzman, an infielder with the ability to play on either side of the diamond, and fill in when needed.
Guzman has some power, and the ability to drive in runs, aspects missing from Theriot's game despite his stout defensive skill set. Guzman would also offer leadership and experience to a largely young squad looking for stability.
The price may be right for Guzman, but the Dodgers might explore other infield options before reaching out to Guzman's agent.
Adrian Beltre may be out of Los Angeles' price range, although seeing him at the hot corner again in Chavez Ravine would remind fans of a happier time.