Dodgers close to signing Cuban INF Alexander Guerrero

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers received a big boost from one native of Cuba this season and are about to sign another.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing an agreement with Cuban infield prospect Alexander Guerrero on a five-year, $32 million deal, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

For more on Guerrero and the Dodgers, head over to True Blue LA.

Guerrero is coming off a final season in Cuba during which he hit .290/.402/.576 with 21 home runs. The 26-year-old infielder, who profiles best as a second-baseman at the big-league level, according to Baseball America's Ben Badler, who also notes that Guerrero would likely begin his stateside career in Double-A or Triple-A.

Guerrero isn't considered to have the same type of high-impact talent as recent Cuban defectors Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, but he drew interest from the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and others before reportedly deciding on the Dodgers.

The Dodgers have received near-average production, albeit with little power, from their second basemen this year. 36-year-old veteran Mark Ellis has posted a .271/.320/.356 line while receiving most of the starts at the position.

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