The Dodgers are again one of a few teams in the thick of the Alex Guerrero talks according to people familiar with the discussions.

Guerrero the power-hitting Cuban infielder who has been compared to Dan Uggla (the good Uggla before his slump) reportedly was close to a deal several weeks ago with the Dodgers but that one fell apart after it was realized that Guerrero's first representatives were not certified agents.

The Dodgers were suggested in some reports to be unlikely to get back into the derby after their first deal fell through. But it appears they are back in now.

That first potential seal was reported by MLB.com to have been for $32 million over five years. Now Guerrero 26 is said to be seeking a deal for four years maximum so he can become a free agent at age 30.

The Dodgers have thrived in the international market scoring majors coups with their deals for Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu two keys to the team's success this year.

Should the Dodgers sign Guerrero they'd be even less apt to go for top free agent Robinson Cano also a second baseman. Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson has suggested Cano isn't too likely as things stand provided they are able to sign star pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Several of the teams trying to sign him have been looking to do deals even longer than five years. The team that's willing to do four years or fewer at his price is the one who'll likely get him.

The Giants Red Sox Reds and Rangers all have also been connected to Guerrero though Reds general manager Walt Jocketty suggested on Monday that he believes Guerrero will sign elsewhere and a Rangers source suggested they are not currently going hard for Guerrero.