The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to a multi-year, $30 million contract, according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported earlier in the afternoon that the Dodgers were closing in on a deal that is expected to be between five and seven years in length.
Guerrero, who was cleared to sign with major league teams earlier in the day, also received significant interest in recent weeks from the Red Sox, Twins and Braves. Although he is not projected to be as impactful as fellow Cuban players like Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, he is known as an average infielder with raw power and strong offensive abilities. Although he has seen time at shortstop throughout his career in Cuba, many expect Guerrero to play second base if he reaches the major leagues.
In his last season in Cuba, the 26-year old Guerrero hit .290 with 21 HR and 51 RBI in 328 plate appearances. He also posted an on-base percentage of .402, which probably increased his value in the eyes of many major league teams.
Now that Guerrero is off the market, major league teams will take a look at his compatriot, Jose Dariel Abreu, who will likely be eligible to sign with teams this winter. The Red Sox, Orioles, Marlins and Giants are among the many teams who are expected to show interest in the first baseman.