The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25 million contract at the end of February. In the weeks to follow his signing, not much had been said around the organization in regards to when the 23-year-old would join the Dodgers in camp. Today, it came as a surprise to most fans when Arruebarrena showed up to Camelback Ranch this morning, donning a familiar number 11.
After waiting in Haiti for the past few weeks and arriving from Miami yesterday, the shortstop was excited to be at camp and seemed fairly comfortable in front of the media. He hasn’t played a game since December and the organization hasn’t said where he’ll begin his big league career. Today, he was also reunited with fellow Cuban friends and teammates, Yasiel Puig and Alex Guerrero. The shortstop said he hadn’t seen either of them in a very long time and that their reunion was quite emotional.
Arruebarrena also told the media that he plays with the same flair that Puig does on a daily basis, whereas fellow Cuban newcomer Guerrero was a little more reserved. He also added that, similarly to Guerrero, he’s open to position changes as long as he can help his team. Only time will tell how Arruebarrena will be able to impact the Dodgers organization.
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