Dodgers mulling Hanley's position for 2013

Dodgers mulling Hanley's position for 2013

Dodgers mulling Hanley's position for 2013
LOS ANGELES -- In the very near future, manager Don Mattingly will sit down with the members of the Dodgers' front office to discuss offseason plans, and Hanley Ramirez's name figures to come up pretty quickly.

It's not that they were disappointed with the 28-year-old, who came to the Dodgers with question marks surrounding his character and effort with the Marlins. Instead, the team needs to make an important decision where he best fits defensively and how the dominoes will fall in response.

"I think Hanley is capable of doing anything that he puts his mind to," Mattingly said. "He is a tremendous player. He's proven to be a pretty damn good guy. We haven't had any issues with Hanley hustling and playing the game."

Ramirez was a shortstop through his career before this season, but the Marlins moved him to third base after acquiring Jose Reyes. The Dodgers kept Ramirez at third for his first eight games and he didn't commit an error in the small sample of games. They switched him back to shortstop, where he committed six errors in 56 games.

Mattingly acknowledged Ramirez can be better, but added every player falls into that category heading into the offseason.

Dee Gordon, a natural shortstop, and Luis Cruz, who can play both short and third, figure to factor into the decision with Ramirez.

Gordon, who entered 2012 with high expectations placed on him, underwhelmed through the first half of the season before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb early in July.

Cruz took over at short before moving to third when Ramirez changed positions. Mattingly has already said the fan favorite and former journeyman Minor Leaguer is more than capable of being an everyday player and that his play has warranted consideration for him to enter next year as a starter.

"It's something we'll talk about in our organizational type meetings and we'll go through all that," Mattingly said.