Cuban SS Guerrero cleared to sign with MLB club
Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero has been cleared to sign with an MLB club by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, according to ESPNDeportes' Dionisio Soldevila.
The 26-year-old has been linked to both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins, and figures to sign a deal shortly. Soldevila tweeted back in July that the Dodgers had actually agreed to a deal with Guerrero worth $32 million over seven years.
Ben Badler of Baseball America writes that Guerrero is "not viewed as a premium talent," adding that "whatever team signs him will probably see him as an offensive-oriented second baseman."
The 5-foot-10, 200-pound infielder hit .290/.402/.576 with 21 home runs, 39 walks and 30 strikeouts over 328 plate in his final season in Cuba.
Badler adds that though he possesses above-average raw power, some scouts have expressed reservations that his pop will translate against big-league pitching.
Guerrero does not run particularly well, Badler notes, going 0-for-7 in stolen base attempts from 2008-2011, though he did surprise some scouts with his 60-yard dash time while showcasing his skills in the Dominican Republic.
Furthermore, Guerrero "doesn’t have the first-step quickness or range to play shortstop," writes Badler, "and he can be a bit stiff in the field."