Dodgers sign Cuban SS Erisbel Arruebarrena
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year contract.
The Dodgers announced the deal Saturday. New reports say the contract is worth $25 million, including a $7.5 million signing bonus.
"We think he adds to our major league club at some point this year," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.
The Dodgers had been negotiating with Arruebarrena for several days. The 23-year-old infielder defected from Cuba last fall, establishing residency in Haiti. He has been working out in the Dominican Republic, according to the Colletti. Colletti said Arruebarrena still has to acquire a work visa.
"We'll get him as soon as we can get him here," Colletti said. "We need to see him on an everyday basis."