Monday, September 9, 2013
Dodgers on top for Cuban SS Guerrero?
By Doug Mittler
UPDATE: According to reports, Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero could be close to signing. What MLB teams are still in the mix for Guerrero, who his known for both his power and speed? And is a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers imminent?
Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN in Minneapolis provides a little more clarity on the topic with this tweet from Friday, indicating that he could announce where he's signing in the middle of this week some time and that he doubts it'll be the Minnesota Twins, which have needed help at the six-hole since dealing J.J. Hardy away after one poor season in 2010.
While Boston, Atlanta and the Chicago Cubs are reported to still be under consideration, the odds-on favorite at this point looks to be the Dodgers. Dionisio Soldevilla of ESPN Deportes tweets today that the "Dodgers are #1 choice" and Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the two are closing in on a deal expected to be worth $32 million. If Guerrero does opt to sign with the Dodgers, he'll enable the team to slide Hanley Ramirez to third base next season -- or, Guererro himself could play the hot corner and Ramirez could stay at short -- as a replacement to Juan Uribe, whose three-year deal is set to expire after the season.
The Minnesota Twins are one of four teams in the running for Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero, reports Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN in Minneapolis.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves are the clubs still in the mix to sign the 26-year-old who already has defecting from Cuba and is working through red tape with the U.S. Government before he can sign a deal. David O’Brien of the Atlanta JC tweeted Monday the Braves are interested “if the price is right,” and would move Guerrero to second base or third base since they already are set at shortstop with Andrelton Simmons.
Given the gold mine the Dodgers have found with Yasiel Puig, more teams appear to be willing to gamble financially on Cuban players and not be left out on the strong talent pool.