The Los Angeles Dodgers have once again made a big international signing by agreeing to a deal with Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network:
Gammons reports on his blog that the deal is worth $30 million for the 26-year-old player.
Guerrero is capable of playing either shortstop or second base at the major league level. However, his best attribute is his bat, where he can hit for both power and average while also being patient at the plate.
He was left off the World Baseball Classic roster, which led to him defecting from Cuba after he lacked motivation to play, according to Matthew Pouliot of Hardball Talk.
The young player will now join the Dodgers, who have already had plenty of success with another Cuban player. Rookie phenom Yasiel Puig has been one of the most exciting players in baseball this season while posting a .344 batting average to go along with 15 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
With Guerrero, Los Angeles will have one more player who can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways while also playing solid defense.
The Dodgers have also been aggressive in the international market in Asia, most recently signing Hyun-jin Ryu to a six-year deal in December.
Considering the club is currently in first place in the NL West with an 11-game lead over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, the team might not need much help this season. They have a formidable starting rotation led by the always-dominant Clayton Kershaw. On offense, L.A. is fourth in the league in batting average and has put up the sixth-most runs in baseball.
Still, bringing in Guerrero is certain to make an impact across baseball for many years to come, and the Dodgers hope he can continue to help them in their quest of winning a World Series.
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