The Los Angeles Dodgers have been expected to sign free agent shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena for quite some time, but a deal was never formally agreed upon – until recently.
According to Fox Sports’s Ken Rosenthal, the two agreed on a five-year deal which will reportedly pay Arruebarruena around $25 million dollars. The deal is said to include a signing bonus worth $7.5 million.
Arruebarrena’s deal with
#Dodgers: 5 yrs, $25M. Includes $7.5M signing bonus.
The 23-year-old had a handful of teams interested in him this offseason, including the shortstop needy New York Mets and New York Yankees but it was the Dodgers who were able to strike the final deal.
There’s no doubt that Arruebarruena has issues offensively, but Los Angeles is hopeful he’ll at least be serviceable at the plate eventually as he’s known to be quite impressive with the glove.
The belief is that Arruebarruna will begin the season in the minor leagues (where he’ll likely stay, though some advancement is possible). It’s not expected he will season much (if any) playing time with the big club this year, but could next season as a replacement to Hanley Ramirez who is expected to move to third base as early as next year.