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Reports: Shortstop Alexander Guerrero defects from Cuba

Jan 21, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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Rafael Rofes Perez writes on his blog, Pasaje Deportivo, that rumors in Cuba have placed former Las Tunas shortstop Alexander Guerrero in the Dominican Republic.

LaOpinionDeportiva.com makes the same claim.

Guerrero, 26, was sitting out the Cuban baseball season, saying he lacked the motivation to play. He expressed disappointment over not being selected for a spot on Cuba’s World Baseball Classic roster.

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.

  1. escapingexile - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Alexander? I have a Mr. Colletti for you on line 1.

  2. sparty0n - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Welcome to Detroit Mr Guerrero!

    • clutch02 - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      That is exactly my thoughts. Mr. Illitch wants to win a ring before he goes and peralta sucks. I wonder if the Cuban can play d or just hit?

  3. dondada10 - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    But does he have a Showcase video on youtube?

  4. muckthefets23 - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    If I don’t see a Cespedes style video of this guy doing a ridiculous vertical leap and leg pressing like 6 elephants then he’s not legit…

  5. Old Gator - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    He went to the Dominican? Eh. No point in setting up any party umbrellas down on South Beach this time. Ramon Martinez, hand me back my binoculars before you get sand in them.

  6. Panda Claus - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Wow, if this guy admits to being 26 it makes me wonder what his age really is.

  7. jt2663 - Jan 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    He is actually 19

  8. djjackson81 - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Kevin Towers sending the jet

  9. dcfan4life - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    Not that the Nats are dying to add a position player, but our weakest one is second base. Im sure he could easily transition there or Desmond could and improve over Espinosa offensively.

  10. dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    I wonder why he wasn’t selected for the WBC roster…

  11. dluxxx - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    I bet Terry Ryan is all over this ohnevermind.

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