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Dodgers (finally) sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero

Oct 21, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Twice already the Dodgers were said to be signing 26-year-old Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, first in July and then in September. Both times it was reportedly a $32 million contract and both times the deal never got completed.

Now they’ll try for a third time, as Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Guerrero and the Dodgers have agreed to a four-year, $28 million deal … worth up to $32 million in potential value.

Guerrero played mostly shortstop in Cuba, but many teams apparently view him as more of a second baseman and taking over for Mark Ellis there next season makes sense with the Dodgers. He was considered one of the best all-around players in Cuba and, much like they did with Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers are making good use of their huge revenue and payroll advantage by spending in one of the few places where spending on international players isn’t capped by MLB.

This is probably bad news for Robinson Cano, as it takes the Dodgers out of the market (or even the hypothetical market) for a stud second baseman, although Magic Johnson made it pretty clear last month that Cano wasn’t likely to wind up in Los Angeles anyway.

Last week, Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million deal with the White Sox.

  1. senioreditor2 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Way cheaper than Philips or Cano. Let’s hope he can play at the level.

    • gibbyfan - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Way smarter too. I think this is the wave of the future even for the wealthy teams……..instead of having age work against you and betting on past performance—go for the young talent and invest in your scouting system………..Think how much the the Angels would rather have Puig than pujols or hamilton………glad to see them make the move.

      • ilovegspot - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        Now they should go get Masahiro Tanaka too instead of trading for David Price. Spend some bucks and keep building within. Great Marketing opurtunity as well.

      • ilovegspot - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        anoesis is an idiot. This does effect the market for Cano.

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  2. davidpom50 - Oct 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    I’m surprised Guerrero signed so soon, with Boras as his agent. Kind of goes against the typical Boras model. Makes me think that either there’s something the Dodgers don’t know that will siginificantly hurt his value, OR Boras wanted to make sure he was locked up before Cano hit the market, to take a big spending team in need of a second baseman away from the Cano market, as a big F YOU to Jay-Z.

    • Anoesis - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Or it’s possible 4/$28($32) is what he’s worth and your tortured narrative is a bit of a stretch. Cano wasn’t coming to L.A. so his agent shrugs off your one-digit salute.

      • senioreditor2 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Even if the Dodgers got a steal, it’s only 4 years and Guerrero will hit the market as a free agent at 30……………

      • ilovegspot - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        anoesis is an idiot. This does effect the market for Cano.

    • gibbyfan - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      4 years is a long time in baseball years………Having gotten that steal the Dodgers can wait and see what happens..at any time they think it appropriate they can open their bottomless pocketbook and sign him…………..smart move no matter how you look at it………..BTW –I am not a dodger fan —it’s just a potentially good move especially as opposed to the super costly alternatives

  3. ilovegspot - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Dodgers just signed Guerero from Cuba to play 3rd base. Next is Masahiro Tanaka as #4 starter then Robbie Cano to take 2nd base.

    • drewy44 - Oct 21, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Or another possible theory: move Hanley to 3rd, keep Guerrero at SS, and pick up Cano (or Brandon Phillips) for 2nd base. But I doubt either scenario will happen.

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