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Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero close to $32 million contract with Dodgers

Sep 9, 2013, 4:12 PM EST

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Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero is close to signing a $32 million contract with the Dodgers, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes reported back in mid-July that Guerrero and the Dodgers had agreed to a $32 million contract–which he said was for seven years–but then Guerrero’s agent denied there was a deal in place … to Sanchez.

And now a couple months later it’s nearly a done deal, with Sanchez reporting “an official announcement is expected this week” and the contract is slated to be “between five and seven years.”

Guerrero played a lot of shortstop in Cuba, but he’s expected to be a second baseman in the majors and with 36-year-old Mark Ellis headed for free agency the Dodgers have a clear path for him to take over the job in 2014. He was considered one of Cuba’s top all-around players and the 26-year-old put up some big numbers offensively.

Because of the spending limits put in place with the draft and (most) international prospects dropping huge money on Cuban players is one of the few areas beyond MLB payroll where the Dodgers can really take advantage of their huge revenue edge and they’re smartly doing exactly that.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Here’s to hoping he is the next Steve Sax!
    Wait…Sax wasn’t a bad player.
    Here’s to hoping he pales in comparison to Steve Sax!

    • cohnjusack - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      This is a pretty easy fix.

      “Here’s to hoping he’s the next Steve Sax circa 1992-1993″

  2. losangelesfan - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    It’s good to be the king

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      It depends on whom you are referring to and what they are the King of.

  3. jkaflagg - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Prediction: Cuban sandwich concessions coming soon to Dodger Stadium…..and if they add another Korean player, I’m sure we’ll see a Korean ribs stand as well….

    • illegalblues - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      cubano is better than pizza

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    All your FA are belong to us!

    • notsofast10 - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Huh? English? Spanish? Please pick one.

      • beavertonsteve - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        Zerowingish

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        Huh? English? Spanish? Please pick one.

        http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=meme+all+your+belong+to+us

  5. kingscourt25 - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Your 2014 Dodgers
    Puig, RF
    Crawford, LF
    Hanley, SS
    Gonzalez, 1B
    Kemp, CF
    trade or free agent 3B
    Ellis, C
    Guerrero, 2B

    Kershaw
    Greinke
    Ryu
    trade or free agent SP
    Zach Lee/Beckett/Billingsley in July

  6. 18thstreet - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    So, between this signing and Utley’s extension with Philadelphia, it looks like Cano is staying in New York. What are even the other possibilities? Toronto needs a second baseman, but I don’t see them pursuing a high-priced player for a little while. The Braves? The Nationals? It’s a short list of potential buyers.

    • lew24 - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      You’re right! Cano was going to use the Dodgers as leverage…this signing will not make him happy!

      But I’m sure his agent (if they are smart) will report this winter that the Dodgers are interested!

      • hcf95688 - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        The Angels are always poised to over pay!

      • rasta028 - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:17 AM

        Screw Cano, that’s his problem, Dodgers aren’t there to get him a big payday.

      • skids003 - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        His agent is JayZ. He’ll get him $500 mill.

  7. khmerson562 - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Jose Adriel abreu plays third.

    • hcf95688 - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      first base.

  8. bearwithjetpack - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    West coast Yankees make me sick.

  9. cardslifer - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I have a feeling they’re building…(sorry) buying the greatest team there never was.

  10. rasta028 - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    The rich get richer, read em and weep haters. lol

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