Alex Guerrero, former Dodgers infielder/outfielder, is now starting his new baseball career in Japan. The Chunichi Dragons announced the new addition to their team on Saturday.
Guerrero will go from the Dodgers No. 7 to the Dragons No. 42 and is estimated to earn $1.3 million in 2017, per Béisbol Japonés.
He is one of the newest members of the Japanese Central League.
Guerrero was signed to the Los Angeles Dodgers to a four-year, $28 million contract as a free agent who defected from Cuba prior to the 2014 season. In the beginning of the 2016 season, Guerrero was put on the disabled list with a left knee contusion which lead him not to spend any time in the majors or minors in 2016.
He had a better start to the 2015 season with a line of .297/.333/.683 with 10 homers in 40 games. Guerrero ended the season with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs with 51 hits.
The Las Tunas, Cuba native debuted his Dodgers career on March 22, 2014 at the age of 27. Alex Guerrero played 11 games and had 13 plate appearances with one hit.
He was released by the Dodgers organization during the summer and was never signed to another major league team. The Dodgers cut him loose and will pay for his $5 million salary in 2017. Everything will depend when Guerrero’s salary is finalized in Japan.
Good luck to Alex Guerrero on his baseball journey!