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Report: Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero narrows list of potential landing spots

Aug 19, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

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Reports last month that Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero had agreed to a contract with the Dodgers turned out to be premature, but the 26-year-old has apparently narrowed his list of potential landing spots.

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that Guerrero is currently deciding between four teams, including the Twins, Dodgers, Red Sox, and Braves. The Reds have also checked in, though it’s not clear if they are a serious possibility.  There’s a bit of conflicting information here, as Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Red Sox are not one of the finalists, but that has to bode well for the deep-pocketed Dodgers.

Guerrero, long one of Cuba’s best middle infielders, defected earlier this year and is currently working out in the Dominican Republic. He will need to be unblocked by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control before signing with an MLB team. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported last month that he is expected to command a five- to seven-year deal.

  1. Arods Other Doctor - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    If the Braves sign him can they send Uggla to Cuba?

    • biasedhomer - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Where would they send BJ?

      • bobulated - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        He can “Defector to be named later”

  2. multiplemiggs - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    and I went to college and cant get a freakin job

    • bendover09 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Walmart is hiring

    • jyoung1891 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Can you hit a curve ball?

  3. dondada10 - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Can this guy play short? If so the Mets gotta get in on him.

  4. buffalo65 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Not sure why these Cubans don’t come to Canada.

    • jwbiii - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      They want to establish residencies in places where they will not be subject to the Rule 4 (June) draft.

  5. acdc84 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I know there’s a lot of Puig-haters out there but there isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t love to have him, especially at $6-7M a year for another five years. Not saying these two guys are comparable in any way besides where they defected from, but I think more and more teams will realize how these gambles on young mostly unknown players have paid off dearly, and the bidding will just go up.

  6. irishdodger - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I know Cuba is a communist nation but do they have to wear red jerseys, red pants & a red hat?

  7. lordfletcher - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    the Twins need to sign him. Of the other teams mentioned, the Twins NEED to sign him.

    I am beyond sick of watching this club / current roster and this deal could help a year get taken off the rebuild as long as the starting rotation comes around and our two top prospects turn into what they are looking like. This is a strong market with below average leadership in a GM (I could be in the minority but highly overrated in my book) and a management staff that needs to be freshened up. I hope I can win the Powerball and buy the Twins and them sell em to someone else (because I still couldn’t afford the team) just so that the F’n Pohlads stink hands are gone forever!

    • azvikefan - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      I concur lord. Gardy needs to go and take Anderson with him. Terry Ryan hasn’t done shit since he came back. I believe it’s the Pohlads scrimping, but would love to see Charlie Manuel hired as Mgr.

      • specialiststeve - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        Ryan not doing s***? We went from not having much in the system to the best minor league system in base ball since he is back. You both clearly need to keep up with the situation. As far a new manager – it will likely be from our system as that is the way we do things. Not sure who that would be though.

      • azvikefan - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Charlie used to be a Twin in the 70′s. Close enough for me.

      • lordfletcher - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Ryan had nothing to do with our farm system

        Buxton fell to us at #2 and luckily we were willing to pay and Sano only came here because we paid more than Pitts.

        What am I missing? Ryan has been drafting for this club for a long time, and we don’t have much to show for it post central div championships.

  8. raysfan1 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    He will eschew the largest contract and go to the Rays. Bwahahahaha! Just couldn’t keep a straight face through that.

  9. mondzy805 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    We need someone to play 2nd in LA. In Magic we Trust. Let’s get us another Cubano. Go Blue.

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