Just three days after the Dodgers’ season ended, it looks like Ned Colletti and company aren’t wasting any time improving the team as it’s being reported they’ve signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, again.
Guerrero and the Dodgers were nearing a seven-year, $32 million contract before he signed with super-agent Scott Boras after his previous agent wasn’t able to get certified by the players union. Incumbent second baseman Mark Ellis has a $5.75 million club option and according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Dodgers are moving on to Guerrero:
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) October 21, 2013
The Red Sox, Reds, Giants and Rangers were also interested in the 26-year old, but the Dodgers have always been seen as the favorites after they’ve successfully signed international stars Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu in recent years.
Guerrero has been working out at the Dodgers Dominican Republic complex and while it’s been a long journey in signing him, he projects to be the starting second baseman. Next up for Colletti is determining who the starting third baseman is and there’s also a chance they bring back Ellis, just in a reserve role.
In his last season of professional ball in Cuba, Guerrero hit .290 with 21 home runs and 51 RBIs and he projects to be have Dan Uggla-type power according to Boras. Now, it’s the second or third time that it’s been reported that the Dodgers and Guerrero were closing in on a deal, but it sounds like they’ve found their second baseman of the future.
Here’s video of Guerrero down in the Dominican Republic: