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Friday, January 17, 2014
Dodgers still talking to Michael Young

By Mark Saxon

The Dodgers continue to be linked with Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka and, according to general manager Ned Colletti, continue to pursue the 24-game winner. But their biggest area of need doesn’t involve pitching, it involves infield depth.

Justin Sellers, who barely played for them last season and is a career .199 hitter, is listed as the backup third baseman on the team’s official web site.

Colletti said Friday he continues to talk to Michael Young’s agent about bringing the seven-time All-Star back to the Dodgers in a utility role. A report surfaced last week that Young was leaning toward retirement if he can’t find a starting job. Young, 37, batted .314 in 21 regular-season games for the Dodgers after they acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Dodgers would use Young as insurance if Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero isn’t ready for the major leagues and as a backup to Uribe and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.