The Dodgers are expected to announce the signing of Alexander Guerrero following multiple reports Monday that the Cuban infielder has been cleared by the United States government to sign with an MLB team.
ESPN Deportes reported that Guerrero’s contract was for seven years and $32 million, while MLB.com reported that the deal could be between five and seven years. The Dodgers have yet to confirm the signing, and it’s not clear where Guerrero will debut.
Guerrero, 26, is listed at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds. He can play both middle infield positions, but most talent evaluators believe his best major-league position is second base. Playing in Serie Nacional, Cuba’s top league, Guerrero was named to the 2010-2011 All-Star team. He also represented Cuba in international tournaments in 2011 and 2012.
Guerrero was among the top targets of Dodgers international scouting director Bob Engel, and reportedly agreed to terms with the Dodgers in July. Like other Cuban defectors, however, Guerrero had to wait for formal approval to sign from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (which falls under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department). OFAC approval has come in as little as 10 days, in the case of Yasiel Puig last year, or as much as a year or more. According to MLB.com, Guerrero was cleared to sign Friday.
MLB.com reports that Guerrero established residency in Haiti and had been training in the Dominican Republic, where he participated in a series of showcases at the Dodgers’ complex.