According to an article over at MLB trade rumors, our beloved Braves are one of three finalists for the talented shortstop out of Cuba, Alexander Guerrero. Now, although he is listed as a shortstop, scouts indicate that he most likely profiles as a second basemen when he comes to the big leagues. In case you are wondering, it had previously been reported that the future second baseman had signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, to the tune of seven years and thirty-two million dollars.
Reports eventually came out thatindeed the report was incorrect, and in fact Alexander has not even been cleared to sign just yet. The newest report has the Dodgers, Twins, and the Braves among the finalists for the slugging second baseman. He apparently has some good pop in his bat, and was able to maintain an OPS of .997 or better in each of his three seasons in Cuba. Also, Guerrero was able to average a HR per every 15 at-bats, approximately.
I have yet to find out really any trueindications of his glove at second base, but apparently, as stated previously, he is going to have to make the switch over from shortstop, which he predominantly played over in Cuba.
So, what do you guys think about possibly adding Guerrero? And if any indications are true, then the aforementioned contract of seven years, thirty-two million will most likely be just about what it takes to sign the 26 year old slugger. Would you pony-up the cash and commitment to possibly have our duo up the middle locked in for the next six to seven years? Guerrero and Simmons could possobly make one hell of a combination, and it isn't like slugging second basemen become available every season...
Even with Uggla signed, Idon't think money would really be the issue, considering previous statements by Wren and Co. In all honesty, I'm sure they could bite the dust on the rest of Uggla's contract and he could be traded for a lower-tier prospect at the very least. Second base has been really one of the very few holes in the Braves line-up this year, and if they are able to fill that void, for only about five million per year I would do it in a heartbeat. Especially, with all of the success players are having transitioning from Cuba over to the ML's, this almost seemingly becomes a no brainer.....doesn't it?
Thoughts,Opinions, or Ideas?