The Dodgers made the signing of Cuban SS/2B Alexander Guerrero official just moments ago, and to clear room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Peter Moylan was designated.
Guerrero was said to have agreed to a 4-year/$28 million contract just yesterday, but it was reasonable to remain skeptical given his history of rumored agreements with the team. All the relevant information on Guerrero can be found here.
Ned Colletti also gave his thoughts on Guerrero’s role with the team, and there’s information on how Guerrero’s contract will be distributed.
The deal calls for a $10 million signing bonus payable upon approval of the contract by Major League Baseball. Guerrero would earn $4 million in both 2014 and 2015, and $5 million in both 2016 and 2017. There is $1 million per year in performance bonuses, based on 500-600 plate appearances.
The 26-year-old infielder defected from Cuba earlier this year and moved to Haiti. He has been training in the Dominican Republic, where scouts for the Dodgers saw him during workouts.
”We feel Alexander can be an offensive infielder and a solid everyday player,” general manager Ned Colletti said. ”We’re looking forward to him competing for a middle infield position and becoming a key contributor in 2014.”
As for Moylan, he was a late addition to the Dodgers in 2013, and he put up a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings. There’s a chance he could remain with the organization after being designated, but it seems unlikely.
Also, in case you missed it before, Alex Castellanos was removed from the 40-man for Mike Baxter, so Baxter would likely be a candidate to clear 40-man room with if necessary.