It’s been assumed that once Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero gets cleared by the OFAC, the Dodgers will be the team to sign him to a lucrative long-term contract.
However, after it was first reported that the two sides reached an agreement, the Red Sox, Twins and Braves were said to be in the thick of the negotiations. Of those three teams, the Twins seem to be the most aggressive and according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis, they’re ready to offer a lucrative contract:
The richest contract the Minnesota Twins have ever given to an outside free agent was 3-years, $21 million to outfielder Josh Willingham. Sources continue to indicate that they are willing to come close, or even exceed that financial commitment with Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero.
The contract that was reported to be completed between the Dodgers and Guerrero was for seven-years and $32 million, so the Twins will need to bring the bank to the negotiating table.
While he still hasn’t been cleared, Guerrero has been working out at the Dodgers complex in the Dominican Republic and they still seem to be the favorites for his services. If he is signed, the idea of signing Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano in the off-season is all but over since Guerrero would likely play second base at the big league level.
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