The Dodgers have signed 26-year-old Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero for $32 million, according to a report by Neftalí Ruiz of CDN. No English-language source has confirmed this as of yet. Guerrero defected from Cuba at the beginning of 2013.
Update: Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes also reporting the deal as done, adds that it’s for seven years.
Guerrero is around 5’10?, weighs in at 190-200 pounds, and has been one of the better players in the Cuban League.
Guerrero has been one of Cuba’s best players the last few years, hitting .338/.408/.641 in 2009, .343/.414/.583 in 2010 and .310/.400/.599 in 2011. Between the three seasons, he delivered 60 homers in 886 at-bats. One imagines that if the reports are true and he eventually becomes a free agent, he could take over as a starting shortstop or second baseman for an MLB team in short order.
However, he sat out the entire 2012 season and I’m not sure what baseball shape he’s currently in. Most seem to think he has the talent to be an MLB starter, but it may take a bit to work himself into shape, so a 2013 impact seems unlikely.
Reports are they he is going to play 2nd.