Los Angeles Dodgers fans have been given answers as to who this mystery player Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said would be joining the team earlier this week. The player looks to be 23-year-old Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena.
After GM Ned Colletti voiced interest in adding a shortstop and knowing the Dodgers are invested in adding international talent, this move shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Although this deal isn’t completely finalized, it’s been reported that both sides have agreed to a deal, which may be worth around $25 million. The length of the contract still remains unknown.
There has been no confirmation on whether or not he’ll see time in a Dodgers uniform or head to the minor leagues. Although he’s known for his great defense, there are still some unknowns about how he performs at the plate. Time in the minors may answer some of these offensive questions as well as give Arruebarruena time to adjust to his new American environment.
Arruebarruena has played six seasons with Serie Nacional, including a little bit of international experience under his belt as well. He played shortstop in the World Baseball Classic for the Cuban national team hitting .375 in six games played. Also interesting to note, Arruebarruena played on the same Cuban team as Yasiel Puig.
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