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Dodgers sign Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena to five-year deal

Feb 21, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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Last week, it was reported that the Dodgers were close to signing Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that an agreement has been reached — a five year, $25 million deal, including a $7.5 million signing bonus.

Arruebarruena defected from Cuba in November. He has a reputation as a defensive maven, but still needs a lot of work on his offense.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Just buy Cuba already, Dodgers.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      I hear it would only take a trillion dollar bill….

    • Old Gator - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      La Revolución no es la rhumba.
      – Fidel

    • Professor Fate - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Seems to me that the pipeline they’ve built to funnel good players to the team has already been constructed.

  2. recoveringcubsfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    This what I’m talking about, right here. This dude can’t hit – even though he’s been invisible in Cuba most of the time, people still have seen him play and he cannot hit. Defense is good, but hitting is more good. But anyway, the point is, between this guy and his impossible name, Hechavarria, Guerrero in LA as well, and the pitcher for the Phillies, are teams just dying to sign Cuban players just because they’re from Cuba? These are not very good players if you like to project their skills at the MLB level. You could sign better players for the same money. What the heck is going on?

    New theory: this is a State Dept.-funded mercy mission to de-populate Cuba. People wishing to emigrate are joining the national baseball team for that reason. Soon we will have Cuban players who look suspiciously like grandmas and children getting signed by the Mets.

    • ablueravine - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      You should be an MLB scout if you can project these numbers so well and predetermine whether these players are going to be good or not.

    • senioreditor2 - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      You obviously know nothing about signing international players and where can you find better players for the same money? There’s limits on draft pick and other international signings and the rules change next year and Cuban signings will be far more difficult. The Puig signing worked out well and I’m confident Guerrero and Arruebarruena will be decent players and hold down the fort until others develop.

    • chill1184 - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Outside of your Mets trolling, the reason in my opinion teams are going hog wild over the Cuban players is because the Cuban market unlike the Japanese market doesn’t have that posting fee nonsense. The Cuban market has allowed the small and medium market teams to get involved in the game and not get burned as badly if said player fails.

      In addition teams see the success that have come from some of the Cuban defectors such as Chapman and Céspedes so they hope to land their version of Chapman and Cespedes.

    • lanflfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      And history has clearly shown that no one can ever be taught to hit by a MLB franchise.

  3. nymets4ever - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    The Dodgers are awesome at throwing gobs of money around with no larger plan and no regard for building a solid team dynamic. Can’t wait for those soulless money machines to get schooled in the playoffs once again by a real organization, just like last year.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      They can burn all the money they want and it won’t change the fact that they probably will do great this season and have a good chance in the playoffs, too. At this point, I guess the Dodgers are just gilding the lily. With copper or maybe tin, not gold. But that lily is still pretty perfect underneath. OK, I’m going to stop this awful metaphor.

    • kingscourt25 - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      how does it feel to be miserable?

    • lanflfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      There is a plan, overseen by Stan Kasten, who, since your a Mets fan, you might remember had a pretty good run in Atlanta. Said plan is to rebuild the farm system after years of neglect under Frank McAsshat’s Reign of Terror and Greed, while signing players as needed to compete for the postseason. I would say last season went pretty well, and this season looks good at the early date.

      Or, we could use the Mets plan of sucking for the foreseeable future while the Wilpon’s eternally bitch about being suckered by ol’ Bernie.

  4. cardslifer - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    With all this money the Dodgers are spending,
    I’ll enjoy a Dodger loss as much as a Cardinal win.

    • Professor Fate - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Would expect nothing less than childish schadenfreude from one of “the best fans in baseball.”

      • cardslifer - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Thank goodness team chemistry and hark work can’t be bought, because then I think a lot of teams would fear the LA Doggers.

  5. drush127 - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Wonder if they are preparing for Hanley Ramirez leaving as a free agent….

    • jwbiii - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      That or moving him to 3B if he resigns.

  6. leylandshospicenurse - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    It does help negotiations to have a plan B

  7. doctorofsmuganomics - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Is he being paid by the letter?

  8. thebigwhitecat - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Can hardly wait to hear Vin Scully say his name.

  9. tonyz6060chevy - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    the Dodgers missed out on the Tanaka sweepstakes .not because the gave Kershaw a big fat contract,but because Magic Johnson plunked cash down for the L.A. Sparks ! bad Choice .He’ll probably bring in Mike D’Antoni to coach the Dodgers !

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