Dodgers interested in signing Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero

July 23, 2013

Another Puig?

Look out Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers are rumored to be interested in another Cuban prospect -- infielder Alexander Guerrero.

Guerrero, an All-Star in the Cuban leagues in 2010, and again in 2011, defected in January. As a result, he missed the opportunity to play for Cuba and to showcase his skills in the World Baseball Classic against some of the big league pitchers competing in the tournament.

Despite being somewhat unproven at the international level, Guerrero nevertheless has earned a reputation as a hard-hitting shortstop for Las Tunas.

When signed, Guerrero undoubtedly will spend some initial time in the minors, but eventually could fill a major future infield need -- perhaps at second base -- for a resurgent Dodgers team that currently has clawed back into first place in the National League West Division. The team's improvement was rooted, in part, on the strength of another Cuban bat, rookie Yasiel Puig.

The Dodgers have reportedly offered Guerrero a seven-year deal worth $32 million. This promotional video (set to an annoying soundtrack) shows off some of Guerrero's skills:

By Joe Hammond
Contributing Writer for The Daily Sports Herald

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