The Dodgers have shifted a lot of their resources with the new ownership group to international scouting as they signed both Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu to lucrative contracts.
New to the market, Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, is drawing the attention of the Dodgers and other teams after it was reported that he reached agreement with him.
However, according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN1500 in Minneapolis, he could be making a decision shortly:
Cuban SS Alexander Guerrero update, per a source: sweepstakes down to 4 teams. The #MNTwins are very much in the mix. They like him a lot.
— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) August 19, 2013
Guerrero defected from Cuba and has been in the Dominican Republic and Dodger scouts have been on hand to watch him workout. There isn’t a definitive timetable for him to sign a contract as he still needs to be cleared by the OFAC to sign a contract.
The Dodgers are definitely in the market for a second baseman as it seems unlikely that Mark Ellis will be brought back at the salary he’s making this season.
While Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has reportedly voiced a desire to play with Dodgers shorttop Hanley Ramirez, the Dodgers are saying they won’t enter the sweepstakes for his services.
The Dodgers have been seen as the favorites since the beginning, but things will likely pick up once Guerrero is cleared to enter into a contract with a major league club.
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