The Dodgers today announced the signing of Alexander Guerrero to a four-year contract. The 26-year old played in the Cuban National Series from 2005-20012, earning three All-Star selections.
“We feel Alexander can be an offensive infielder and a solid everyday player,” said Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti. “We’re looking forward to him competing for a middle infield position and becoming a key contributor in 2014.”
In 2011-2012, his last season in Cuba, Guerrero posted a .402 on-base percentage, collecting 21 homers and 51 runs batted in while appearing in 80 games, just under half the number of games in a Major League Season. Appearing exclusively at shortstop, he committed eight errors in 350 chances, good for a .977 fielding percentage.
“We’ve watched a lot of Alexander at the international level,” said Dodger Vice President, International Scouting Bob Engle. “It’s been a true organizational effort to bring him aboard.”
Guerrero batted at least .290 with an on-base percentage of better than .400 in each of his last four professional seasons in Cuba.
If Colletti is right and Guerrero makes the big league club, he will become the 10th Cuban-born Dodger, joining Yasiel Puig and Onelki Garcia who made their debuts in 2013, Danys Baez (2006), Camilo Pasccual (1970), Zoilo Versalles (1968), Rene Valdes (1957), Chico Fernandez (1956), Sandy Amoros (1952-1960), and Dolph Lugue (1930-1931).
This year, 21 Cuban natives appeared in the Major Leagues.
The move could spell the end of Mark Ellis’ Dodger career. Los Angeles holds a $5.75 million team option that can be bought out for $1 million.
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