Dee Gordon reportedly the front-runner for Dodgers’ second base job

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According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Dee Gordon is the front-runner for the Dodgers’ second base job. As a result, Alexander Guerrero — the recipient of a four-year, $28 million contract from the Dodgers signed in October — will start the year in Triple-A.

Guerrero has had some trouble defensively at the position. Gordon may win the job out of spring training, but as long as Guerrero shows some progress, the Dodgers won’t have any problems fitting him on the roster later. Gordon has only logged three and two-thirds innings at second base in his big league career and only a handful more in the minors. Gordon also leaves a lot to be desired offensively so it’s unlikely he’ll cause a tug-of-war for the job later on.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.