Dodgers release Alex Guerrero
LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers gave infielder Alex Guerrero his release, 10 days after designating him for assignment.Guerrero, 29, is still owed almost $8 million over this season and next. The Dodgers will be on the hook for that amount minus whatever minimum salary Guerrero might receive if another team signs him.One of the top hitters in Cuba, Guerrero was signed to a four-year, $28 million contract by the Dodgers in October 2013 after he defected. Guerrero was expected to replace Mark Ellis as the Dodgers’ primary second baseman in 2014 but his defensive limitations quickly became obvious and he lost a spring competition to Dee Gordon.Guerrero spent most of the 2014 season in Triple-A where he brawled in the dugout with a teammate, catcher Miguel Olivo, during one game. Olivo bit off a large chunk from Guerrero’s left ear during the fight and Guerrero was sidelined for two months following plastic surgery to treat the wound. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Cuban did play briefly with the Dodgers in 2014 but reached the height of his utility early last season. He hit .310 with nine home runs and 21 RBIs in his first 87 at-bats while playing third base and left field. But he hit just .182 with only two more home runs the rest of the way and entered this spring with no place in the Dodgers’ plans.Guerrero’s contract did not allow the Dodgers to send him to the minors without his consent and he instead opened this season on the DL with a knee injury. He eventually went on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment where he went 9 for 66 (.136) in 16 games before being released.