Dodgers Sign Erisbel Arruebarrena

FEB. 22The deal is now official, the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez tweets.

FEB. 21, 6:51pm: Arrubarrena gets a five year deal for $25MM, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, including a $7.5MM signing bonus.

3:53pm: The deal is for five years, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

FEB. 20: MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that Arruebarrena's deal is believed to be five or six years in length. According to Sanchez, Arruebarrena is working out in the Dominican Republic as he awaits his work Visa. Without the Visa, the contract cannot be finalized, which is why the Dodgers have yet to make an official announcement. GM Ned Colletti did tell Sanchez the following:

"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."

FEB. 12, 3:20pm: Arruebarrena's contract could be worth around $25MM, a source tells Rojas (Spanish language link).

12:27pm: The Dodgers have agreed to terms with Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick (Twitter link). Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported earlier today that the two sides were nearing an agreement, and Arruebarrena was traveling to the United States to take a physical.

The 23-year-old Arruebarrena has six seasons of professional experience in Cuba's Serie Nacional and therefore is not subject to the spending restrictions placed on international amateurs. Arruebarrena is considered an elite defensive shortstop, but most scouts have serious questions about his bat. Though Arruebarrena batted .320/.367/.520 in 306 plate appearances in Cuba from 2011-12, Ben Badler of Baseball America spoke with multiple scouts at the time of his defection and noted that many questioned whether Arruebarrena could manage a .220 average or .300 OBP in the Majors. He's also not a particularly fast player, further limiting his offensive upside. Given all of that info, it's not difficult to see why Arruebarrena has drawn comparisons to fellow Cuban shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Arruebarrena adds to the Dodgers' infield depth, but it's unlikely that he'll be ready to make an immediate impact in the Major Leagues. Badler noted that some minor league time was almost a certainty for Arruebarrena, adding that he could even have to start at the Double-A level due to his questionable offensive skills. Arruebarrena can serve as an insurance policy in the event that the team is unable to reach an extension with Hanley Ramirez. He could also provide an elite in-house option at short (defensively speaking, that is) should Ramirez sign an extension but eventually need to move to third base. Arruebarrena joins Yasiel Puig and Alexander Guerrero as the third notable Cuban signing for the Dodgers in the past two years.


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79 Comments on "Dodgers Sign Erisbel Arruebarrena"


Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Good move for LAD. Hanley, if extended, would be better used at 3B in 2015 and beyond. Arruebarruena can spend 2014 in the minors working on his hitting and takeover SS in 2015 when Hanley leaves or is moved to 3B.

Hanley
1 year 6 months ago

What about Corey seager

William R Mack
1 year 6 months ago

Where do you suppose seager fits into the equation?

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Given that Seager is 19, hasn’t made it above A+ ball and hit .160/.246/.320 in A+ ball last year I wasn’t too concerned about fitting him into the MLB roster. Plus the chance of Arruebarruena, Gurrero and Seager all becoming quality everyday MLB players is pretty low.

Dustin Nosler
1 year 6 months ago

Yet, Seager is the best of that trio… by far.

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

No offense to LAD fans, but you have to understand that Seagar is 3-4 years away.. He’s got only a fraction of a season beyond low A ball.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 6 months ago

No offense taken here. I’m not one of those fans who pencils every prospect into the lineup. That said I don’t think this signing says much if anything about what the Dodgers are thinking about Seager. They said they would build depth, and that’s what they are doing.

johnsilver
1 year 6 months ago

The money for glove types from Cuba seem to have gone up, or compared to Iglesias 4Y ago. Iggy got 4/8m as a 21YO, came over with same credentials. Now we see Arruebarruena getting 25m total at 23.

Getting an elite glove in itself (like Igelsias) and hoping they hit some would be worth 25m of course, though it does show how much the rate for Cuban players has gone up as more and more have established themselves into MLB ball from the Cuban league.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 6 months ago

The money for everything has gone up. It’s really difficult to know where this deal falls when we don’t know how many years.

jeremy
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t think this has anything to do with seager. If seager can get it together there no question he will start with the dodgers since his bat will be much better then this Cuban SS. I would take a Hanley like player over a player with a good glove and a ok bat.

GameMusic3
1 year 6 months ago

I think a lot of the fan base puts insufficient value in ‘non-premium’ defensive positions.

First base is actually a vitally important defensive position involved with more plays that any other but catcher and pitcher. But since it can be handled by a lot of players people think otherwise.

What I am getting at is Hanley’s defense at short and 3rd. So far he has been a below average shortstop but a straight up bad 3rd baseman. I have a lot of hesitance to extend him long term due to the possibility he might not HAVE another position except the outfield and DH.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

If he hits like he did in 2013 no one will care how bad his defense is at 3B (see Cabrera). Having a solid defensive SS with good range will also help compensate for Hanley’s defensive short comings at 3B.

IdontknowwhyIpostonforums
1 year 6 months ago

My biggest issue with Hanley is is health. This is the second time in three years he has missed significant time. While he has a good track record prior to 2011, he is not getting younger and is playing a very demanding position. Bat and glove are meaningless if he doesn’t play.

jeremy
1 year 6 months ago

From what they are saying at this point in time I think he will be a good back up. If he can prove he can hit mlb pitching then we can talk about him starting

Puig Power
1 year 6 months ago

I am of the opinion that an elite defensive shortstop might be worth sacrificing a bat for. Regardless the poster above is correct. This is a great depth move and gives the Dodgers more options.

jeremy
1 year 6 months ago

Oh yes this is the type of signings the dodgers need since the minors lack real IF depth. If he did start with the dodgers in the future I wouldn’t be mad but not if it mean it take seager spot. But this could really mean Hanley not a lock to sign and this get us younger if Hanley doesn’t sign. So either way it a win win for the dodgers if he pans out

ceraunograph
1 year 6 months ago

I wonder what he signed for. I was hoping the Mets would sign him since I don’t believe in Tejada and there’s very little depth behind him. Still holding out hope they’re saving the splash for Diaz, who has much more upside.

Puig Power
1 year 6 months ago

Where’s Harry Caray when you need him?

1 year 6 months ago

In heaven, with a tall cool glass of Budweiser.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Arruebarruena could receive a guarantee of around $25MM over how many years? 2/25 vs 5/25 is a big difference.

Eslva917
1 year 6 months ago

10/25

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

1/25

GRN_
1 year 6 months ago

25 million for a defensive specialist? Big Overpay.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

How can you know its an overpay without knowing the years? 10/25 underpay, 1/25 overpay

GRN_
1 year 6 months ago

25 million guaranteed is the overpay. How many defense only shortstops get a 25 million guaranteed contract ever in their careers?

First Bleed
1 year 6 months ago

Agree. I think the key word is ‘guaranteed’. He might not ever play in a Major League game but the Dodgers are paying like he is.

GRN_
1 year 6 months ago

I don’t think that comparison is valid personally, Andrus has a quality bat just lacks power, he also has the ability to swipe 40 bags a year while playing stellar D. Why wouldn’t he get a contract closer to what Iglesis recieved if he’s the best comparison?

Leonard Washington
1 year 6 months ago

See Jose Iglesias’s deal. A lot less money and I can’t imagine this guy is as good with the glove.

Troy Griff Cavell
1 year 6 months ago

25M!!

Guest
1 year 6 months ago

I like the Dodgers strategy.. Can’t lose if you sign every player in the entire league!

IdontknowwhyIpostonforums
1 year 6 months ago

I know! I was so excited when they got Tanaka. Then when Ellsbury, Cano, Garza all signed I immediately bought season tickets for the next 10 years!. The best part I must say is when we locked up Granderson, Choo, McCann, Nathan, Beltran and Napoli! It has been the best Dodger off season ever!

Anthony Hughes
1 year 6 months ago

It also adds another player to the prospect list. Keep stockpiling. I like it. Could come in handy if/when trades are necessary.

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

Holy overpay … for a defensive specialist who probably can’t hit in the big leagues? Don’t they have a bunch of these types of players bouncing around their system, like most teams?

EVIL EMPIRE
1 year 6 months ago

I agree, not sure if scouts are saying his bat is bad with the potential of being average, or if it’s that overall he is projected to be a below-average offensive player. If it’s the latter then the dodgers would have been better off sending some cash to some other team for a defensive-oriented SS. Unless his bat is average, it’s an overpay

Gnotorious
1 year 6 months ago

Yeah, they could have gotten Paul Janish for around a million a season.

Brian Bullock
1 year 6 months ago

That’s a lot of letters for a jersey.

Puig Power
1 year 6 months ago

These comments remind me of what people thought of the Puig signing. Lets not rush to judgement just yet.

Gnotorious
1 year 6 months ago

Puig was known for his bat and athleticism. All this guy is known for is his defense. Below average bat and speed. Not really a comparison.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

By reporting to camp 26 lbs overweight, meaning not good weight, he may not be as athletic now, but point taken. Defensive players are a dime a dozen. Hitters are the rare commodity that you should pay for.

CDADodgers
1 year 6 months ago

Puig coming in @6’3 and 250+ lbs is not a bad thing since he left the session underweight. It’s a long haul and you have to put on weight to sustain the length of the season.

George Hareras
1 year 6 months ago

There needs to be a major overhaul with the way teams throw money around. Maybe some sort of cap floor could work. Seriously the Dodgers signed a defensive oriented ss as infield depth for 25 million guaranteed when teams like the Pirates cant dish out a QO on AJ Burnett because its over budget.

nwh2787
1 year 6 months ago

Let Dodger tickets become expensive for the next 20 years….smh…..

nwh2787
1 year 6 months ago

My question is how many years did they get him for. I heard he’s a mediocre player.

SanFranPanda
1 year 6 months ago

Gonna be another Adeiny Hechavarria. Good defence, below average bat and lonnnng last name.

Steve_in_MA
1 year 6 months ago

Except Iglesias has shown that he can surpass .220 BA, .300 OBP and has some speed, including a very high number of infield hits based on his quickness. I don’t know anything about Arruebarruena, but the comparison to Iglesias sounds unfair to Iggy.

pft2
1 year 6 months ago

Iggy was much younger as well so they really did not have an idea how well he would progress as a hitter. There was hope he could hit as he matured and got stronger. This guys already 23 and might have bad habits as a hitter that at his age will be hard to change

mmiller54
1 year 6 months ago

Really… $25 million? Really?

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 6 months ago

Its around 25 million, so no not really

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 6 months ago

Yeah, but it’s for ten years.

Anthony Hughes
1 year 6 months ago

The Dodgers’ scouts obviously liked him enough. People were incredulous when they signed Puig. And if he’s an all-field, light-hitting player, that can play in the big leagues, particularly if you have a big-time lineup around the guy and if you have as much invested in your pitching staff as the Dodgers do.