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Report: Dodgers sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero for $32 million

Jul 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Update: Guerrero’s agent has denied that there’s an agreement in place, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. He says there are still three teams in the mix.

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Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero, who defected and set up shop in the Dominican Republic back in January, has inked a seven-year, $32 million contract with the Dodgers, according to ESPN Desportes’ Dionisio Soldevila.

Before sitting out the 2012-13 season, Guerrero was one of Cuba’s best players and it’s best offensive middle infielder. He hit .338/.408/.641 in 2009, .343/.414/.583 in 2010 and .310/.400/.599 in 2011, amassing a total of 60 homers in 886 at-bats between the three seasons. His numbers aren’t quite up to par with what Jose Abreu, Alfredo Despaigne, Yulieski Gourriel and Frederich Cepeda have done in the Cuba, but they’re a match for those that Yoenis Cespedes put up before defecting.

Guerrero probably won’t hit for quite the same kind of power in the larger ballparks of the U.S., and his numbers defensively at shortstop were nothing special. A move to second base may have been needed anyway, and reports are already suggesting that the Dodgers are looking at him as a long-term replacement for Mark Ellis in the lineup. Since he hasn’t played lately, he’ll begin his Dodgers career in the minors. However, if he finds his swing in a hurry, he could contribute this year.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Random Question/Comment:
    The Reds are playing a double header in S.F. today/tonight. The 1st game the Reds are the “home team” as the 1st game is a rainout makeup. How many times has the visiting club actually been the home team? When did this last happen?

    Qualification: I attempted to research this question myself but I couldn’t find anything on it.
    Just curious. How often has this happened and when is the most recent time?

    • gothapotamus90210 - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      Phils / Blue Jays: June 25-27, 2010

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Thanks potamus. Any idea how many times this has happened previously?

    • TheLooch - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Reds are the home team for game 2. I think its silly that this game starts as late as 4pm PST leaving very little wiggle room considering SF plays so many low scoring games that have a higher propensity towards going into extra innings. Plus, don’t they need at least a 30 min break between double-headers?

      • gunpowderjones - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        To make up for that, they get to play an away game at home.

    • sisisisisisisi - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      http://www.csnbayarea.com/giants/giants-reds-play-doubleheader-tuesday

      Due to Official Baseball Rules – 4.13 (f) “When a rescheduled game is part of a doubleheader the rescheduled game shall be the second game, and the first game shall be the regularly scheduled game for that date.”

      Therefore, the Reds will bat last in the second game and the Giants will bat first. For statistical purposes the Giants are the “home team” for both games (at season’s end the Giants should have 82 home games played and the Reds will have 80 home games).

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Interesting stuff. Thanks for the information Sissi!

  2. dondada10 - Jul 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Last time the Dodgers gave a Cuban defector a 7 year deal it worked out okay.

  3. sportsnut101 - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Why don’t the dodgers just sign the cuban and dr teams

    • yahmule - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Hey, this is getting expensive!

      • gunpowderjones - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Because all of the people they need to get them out of Cuba are in jail.

  4. losanginsight - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Let’s Go Dodgers!
    Guggenheim is going to by the entire country of Cuba.
    This ownership group is not joking around at all.

  5. jonirocit - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    At some point this unlimited money thing is gonna screw them over . Hopefully it all ends with zero championships.

    • kardshark1 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      Yeah, cause a lot of spending sure has screwed over the Yankees and all their rings.This is baseball, anything can happen in a small sample size year to year, but if you spend the most money, over the long run when things balance out, you will win the most championships. Not sure why you think spending money is a bad thing.

      • Jack Daniels - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        The Yankees payroll didn’t explode until 2002. During the 98-2000 championship run their payroll was the highest in the league 2 of the 3 seasons but they were only a few million higher than the rest of the league. Their core was made up of players developed from within. From 2002 on they only won it all once. That’s not a very good return on investment. Especially when you consider the success that some of the thriftier teams have had during that period. The key for any organization is using their resources wisely. Spending the most money does not equal success.

      • kingscourt25 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        The Dodgers do have homegrown talent. They have the best pitcher in the NL and one of the best outfielders when healthy. They have had guys like Ethier, Kenley, AJ Ellis, and Paco Rodriguez come up through their system.

      • gibbyfan - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        It hurts the competitive balance of the game—that’s why other sports –like the NFL have a salary cap……..

    • paxnov - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Expensive is relative in baseball. The Dodgers are actually one of the more financially sound teams in baseball and, despite their payroll, operate in the black. That is primarily because of the size of the market in Los Angeles, and the value of the television contract which covers the Dodgers’ annual payroll costs. The remaining income streams are gravy essentially, tickets, merchandising, concessions, etc. Even when you factor in the expense of purchasing the team, and the cost of revamping the stadium, the Dodgers will recoup their costs in just under 10 years whether they win a World Series or not. Does all the money guarantee championships? No. But it certainly guarantees the ability to have the talent to remain playoff relevant and competitive year in and year out. About time.

  6. sandrafluke2012 - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    WS 2013- Tampa/LA
    2014- Tampa/LA
    2015/Tampa/LA

  7. jputignano - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    “What Alfonso Soriano Would Bring to the Struggling Yankees.” – Joseph Putignano
    http://wp.me/p2mgR4-11

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