Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Reds out of the running for Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero

For awhile, it seemed as though the Reds might have a chance at signing a 26-year-old Cuban infielder by the name of Alexander Guerrero. However, that shot appears to be over at this point.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with GM Walt Jocketty on Monday and Jocketty pretty much said Cincinnati was out of the running.

“We scouted him extensively and had a lot of discussions,” Jocketty said. “But I don’t believe anything will happen.”

Guerrero was rumored to have inked a six-year, $32 million deal with the Dodgers in July, but those reports turned out to be inaccurate. Now, powerful sports agent Scott Boras represents Guerrero.

Guerrero has not played since 2011, slashing .290/.402/.576 with 21 home runs in 328 plate appearances in his final season in Cuba, and has been in the Dominican Republic since January.

He projects as a second basemen in the major leagues although he primarily played shortstop in Cuba.

The Giants, Rangers, and Red Sox are three teams rumored to be in the mix for his services.

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