Cuban Shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena

Sources Report Arruebarruena’s Deal Could Be Worth 25 Million


A source told Enrique Rojas that the Dodgers deal with Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena could be worth up to 25 million dollars. Would this be considered overpaying for a guy who is considered to be bench depth?

We heard news yesterday that the Dodgers had reached a preliminary agreement with the 23-year old Cuban infielder. The club has yet to make the signing official as the contract is still pending a physical, and other issues, such as his Visa.

What this does do however is add Arruebarruena into the mix of the crowded competition for the Dodger bench. While the young Cuban batted .320 during the 2011-2012 seasons, he also has six seasons of experience playing in the Cuban National Series. Arruebarruena performed very well during the World Baseball Classic last spring. During the tournament, the shortstop hit .375 (6 for 16) with two home runs, and six runs driven in. That comes out to an .819 OPS. Not bad for a guy who the scouting reports say probably would’t hit above .200.

Arruebarrauena might be more useful than we think. Considering he is a natural shortstop, he could provide valuable depth at middle infield. With Hanley Ramirez’s history of injury, and some uncertainty at second base with their other newly signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, this could be just what the Dodgers need. Arruebarruena could become the backup at second and short.

If the Dodgers can get the deal finalized, and work out all of the immigration/Visa issues, Arruebarruena could conceivably compete for a bench spot later in spring. If he can be better than guys like Dee Gordon, Chone Figgins, and Justin Turner, remains to be seen. Do you think Arruebarruena could be a good addition to the Dodger bench?

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  • AaronKnuckleCurve

    see ya later Chone.

    • George Castorena

      Yup bye bye chone

      • LasordasLair

        Not Necessarily. There are four bench spots not including the backup catcher.

  • Quasimodo

    Too tough for me to say. I’d be a liar if I said i have any memory of his performance at the WBC. What I do indeed love about all this depth competition is not only are the competitors having to keep on their toes but the results will speak more of who wins the slot. I wouldn’t count out Figgins just yet. Actually I’m looking forward to seeing his grind.

    • LasordasLair

      Actually Figgins may not be that bad Quasi. He can play a lot of positions. He used to be a decent hitter.

      • Adrian Garcia

        yep, key word is used to, sadly

        • LasordasLair

          lolz, true

  • Adrian Garcia

    If it’s anywhere near 25 million i’ll be pretty upset

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  • [email protected]

    I would have to think that with our latest acquisition for the second base position, Erisbel A, certain Dodgers new and old will be hitting the road shortly : Dee Gordon, Justin Sellars, Chone Figgins, etc. This is going to be a most interesting spring training. Go Blue!!!!

  • Lamont Cranston

    a crowded bench ? where ?

    Dee Gordon, Justin Sellars, Chone Figgins you call that a bench ?

    • LasordasLair

      It is what it is

  • Stacie Wheeler

    I think $25 million is way too much, but with Dee Gordon being rebranded, Justin Sellers never a viable option as a starter, Hanley Ramirez sliding over to 3B eventually, and Corey Seager’s development still in its early phases, picking up a fine defensive SS like Erisbel is a smart move in my opinion.