The Dodgers are discussing Alex Guerrero in trades

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The Dodgers need starting pitching. Last night a report came out that they’re willing to deal Yasiel Puig in the right deal. Later Ken Rosenthal reported that they’re discussing Alex Guerrero in possible trades.

The loss of both players could solve some problems for the Dodgers, separate and apart from whatever problems the players they’d get in return might solve. In dealing Puig, L.A. could (a) get nice talent given his value; and (b) rid themselves of a guy who aggravates certain segments of their clubhouse. Guerrero is a different kind of square peg in that he really doesn’t have a solid defensive position and his contract is such that he can refuse minor league assignments and the like.

Of course, like Puig, Guerrero has considerable upside too. Though he has cooled off considerably, his bat has pop and the tear he went on earlier this year may make some suitor think, if they squint just right, a player could be made out of this project. And while his defense is dreadful, he can, in theory, play any number of positions making someone possibly see him as a corner guy or a super sub. There’s at least something to work with there.

Either way, one of the hallmarks of the new Dodgers regime was cutting bait on guys who were playing out of position like Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp and trying to get a more conventional baseball team on the field for lack of a better term. Getting rid of the defensively challenged Guerrero and putting an end to the Puig drama, such as it is, would be in line with that. If it solved a glaring weakness — the rotation after Greinke and Kershaw — it could be worthwhile.

Robinson Canó benched for lack of hustle

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Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.

Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”

Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.

In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.

This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.