Dodgers demote Dee Gordon to Triple-A

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Dee Gordon was given a chance to fill in at shortstop this month after Hanley Ramirez went down with a hamstring injury, but the Dodgers demoted him to Triple-A Albuquerque this evening after he hit just .175 in 19 games.

Gordon hit .265 (9-for-34) with one home run, four RBI, five walks, and six stolen bases over his first nine games, but he went into a 2-for-29 funk over his final 10 games. The 25-year-old now owns an underwhelming .251/.296/.308 batting line and a .605 OPS through 162 games in the majors. It’s tough to use that game-breaking speed when you can’t get on base.

Ramirez could begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week, but the Dodgers appear content to move forward with Nick Punto and Luis Cruz at shortstop. By the way, Dodgers shortstops are batting just .194/.280/.279 with a .558 OPS this season. Only the Mariners have had worse production from the position.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.