From BR Bullpen
Alexander Guerrero Pérez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 205 lb.
 Biographical Information
Alexander Guerrero is an infielder from Cuba.
In the 2004 World Junior Championship, Alexander was 2 for 3 as Cuba won the Gold Medal. Guerrero hit .277 and slugged .426 in his first four seasons, through 2007-2008. In 2008-2009, he batted .338/.408/.641 for Las Tunas, with 19 home runs. He tied Jose Dariel Abreu and Yenier Bello for 8th in the league in homers and ranked 7th in slugging, leading all middle infielders. He was named the All-Star shortstop.
Guerrero defected from Cuba in 2013, establishing residency in Haiti in order to become a free agent. On October 21st, it was announced that he had signed a four-year, $28 million deal to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had been left off the Cuban team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and his frustration at having been ignored fueled his desire to leave the island. As a result he did not play at all during 2013, losing a full season in the prime of his career.
He was a center of attention in spring training in 2014, as many reporters compared him to Yasiel Puig, one of the main causes of the Dodgers' remarkable turnaround the previous season. However, he was not guaranteed a spot in the line-up. First, the Dodgers decided to move him from shortstop to second base, as they had Hanley Ramirez to play short, while incumbent second sacker Mark Ellis had left in the off-season, That still did not guarantee him a spot, as manager Don Mattingly explained that he would need to compete with a number of players with major league experience, including Dee Gordon, Chone Figgins, Justin Sellers and Brendan Harris and that a platoon arrangement was a distinct possibility.