While it was reported earlier this morning that the Dodgers were out on Cuban starter Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, it sounds like they’ve allocated their resources towards another Cuban player.

After striking gold with outfielder Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers have signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to a seven-year $32 million contract.

Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com was the first to report the news:

Guerrero defected from Cuba in January, but hasn’t played regularly since 2011. The 26-year old infielder will report to AA and will play primarily second base.

With Mark Ellis’ deal expiring at the end of the season, the Dodgers were long rumored to have interest in free agent second basemen Chase Utley and Robinson Cano.

However, Soldevila tweeted another tidbit about Guerrero and he could be in LA by seasons end:

If that part of the equation is true, it’s interesting that management would decide to supplant Ellis towards the end of the season as he’s really come on strong recently.

For a while now, the Dodgers farm system was barren of position players, but signing Guerrero is a sign management sees a weakness at the second base position.

Update at 10:55 AM PST from Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com

 

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