The Dodgers confirmed two things over the weekend: Luis Cruz will get the first chance to be the team's starting third baseman out of spring training, and the club is interested in bringing in veteran Scott Rolen to add depth to the position.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the Orange County Register that the team has had "internal discussions about that possibility" and has already reached out to the 37-year-old.

"We just talked about what we were thinking, what we were looking at," Mattingly said. "I don't think anybody thought of him being available until a few weeks ago."

Until recently, the belief was that Rolen would either retire or return to the Reds next season. But as HardballTalk points out, Cincinnati has Todd Frazier, who finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, up and coming at the hot corner.

Rolen, a seven-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glover, spent the last three and a half years with the Reds. He hit .245 with eight homers and 39 RBIs across 92 games during an injury-plagued 2012 campaign.