It’s been a busy day already for Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero as he was finally cleared to sign a contract with a major league team by the OFAC. Reportedly signed to a deal in late-July by the Dodgers, Guerrero has been working out at the Dodgers Dominican Republic complex and has impressed several scouts.
The Twins, Red Sox and Cubs are all suitors for his services, but the Dodgers have been and continue to be the favorites to land him. However, just hours after gaining clearance to sign a deal, it sounds like the the two sides are close to a deal according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:
Cuban infield prospect Alexander Guerrero is closing in a multi-year deal worth $32 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to industry sources. The pact is expected to be between five and seven years. An official announcement is expected this week.
It sounds like the same deal that was reportedly done back in July is close to being completed as the Dodgers look to have landed yet another international prospect. General manager Ned Colletti and president Stan Kasten have discussed several times that signing international talent was their main goal after the Dodgers spent $170,000 a year overseas during the McCourt era.
Signing Guerrero likely signals the Dodgers will move on from Mark Ellis at second base, though he could shift over to third base since Juan Uribe is a free agent at seasons end. Also, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano looms even though the Dodgers said they aren’t interested in signing any high priced free agents.
Already 26, Guerrero will likely be with the major league team in 2014 as the Dodgers continue to outspend the competition for international prospects.
UPDATE: Jesse Sanchez from MLB.com discussed parameters of the contract:
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) September 9, 2013
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