According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Los Angeles Dodgers have wasted no time in adding pieces to a roster that reached the National League Championship series, signing Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $28 million deal that could reach $32 million with incentives.
Guerrero, who is represented by agent Scott Boras, worked out for the Dodgers half a dozen times, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, but there were “four or five other teams” that also saw him that much.
The signing of Guerrero should finally put a stop to the rumors that have been circulating for over a month involving the Dodgers and free agent second baseman Robinson Cano. Despite repeated comments from owner Magic Johnson, many continued to believe the team would pursue Cano during the offseason.
Guerrero, who is projected as a big league-ready second baseman, and according to Boras, he has 20-home run power – a rarity among most middle infielders in today’s game.
“There are just a couple of major-league middle infielders in the free-agent market that have 10-home-run power, let alone 20-home-run power, which I think he has. He’s a valued asset in the free-agent market.”
Several teams had ben rumored to be pursing Guerrero, including the Red Sox, Giants, Rangers and Reds, and at an earlier date, the Dodgers and Guerrero had reportedly agreed to a deal only to discover his former agent was not certified by the players union.