The Los Angeles Dodgers fell just short of the playoffs in 2012. Now, as GM Ned Colletti continues to open the bank, the Dodgers will begin preparations for making next year's team as good as possible. One of the positions to address is third base.
Luis Cruz came out of nowhere in 2012 and took over the hot corner in Los Angeles seemingly overnight. The 28 year old batted .297/.322/.431 in 78 games with six homers and 40 RBI. FanGraphs ranked his defense above average at third base, which is important given shortstop Hanley Ramirez's shortcomings.
According to Colletti, the organization believes Cruz is capable of being their starting third baseman in 2013:
Colletti said he heads into off-season thinking Luis Cruz can be #Dodgers' everyday third baseman next year.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) October 4, 2012
In other news, Colletti also said the team will attempt to re-sign their free agent relievers, including Brandon League. League was acquired at the trade deadline and pitched pretty well in late-relief, posting a 2.30 ERA in 28 appearances.