The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena have agreed to terms, pending Arruebarruena acquiring his work Visa. Due to the Visa delays, the contract cannot be finalized, but Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com is reporting that the deal is either five or six years in length with a total value of around $25 million.
Sanchez spoke with general manager Ned Colletti with regard to the signing, with Colletti saying:
"We signed Alexander [Guerrero] and we’re trying to sign another player because it’s tough in the Draft to find those players. You are pretty limited in the Draft as far as good hitters that can play in the middle of the infield. The way we look at it, we have the need for it in our organization and we’ve gone after them the way we have."
When Colletti refers to “another player,” it is assumed he is talking about Arruebarruena. What is somewhat confusing about the statement is that Colletti mentions the difficulty in finding “good hitters that can play in the middle of the infield,” through the Draft. While the statement itself may be true, Arruebarruena is known as an all-glove shortstop, with his hitting abilities widely questioned across baseball.
Of course, scouts were wrong about Yasiel Puig when the Dodgers signed him to his $42 million deal. It remains unclear where Arruebarruena fits in with the Dodgers this year, with many scouts projecting him to be at the lower level of the minor leagues, while others indicate his glove makes him capable of being an elite defender at the big league level immediately.
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