Dodgers seek Erisbel Arruebarruena

Updated: February 12, 2014, 6:00 PM ET
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNDeportes.com

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena are close to reaching an agreement, according to a source.

Arruebarruena will travel from Haiti to the United States this week to undergo a physical, a mandatory requirement to complete the deal, the source said.

Although he established his residence in Haiti, the player was assessed by Major League organizations in the Dominican Republic.

Last week, Dodgers president Stan Kasten said the team would be adding a player, but didn't name him, raising a wave of speculation in the media.

Arruebarruena, 25, was the starting shortstop for Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic before leaving the island last November.

Arruebarruena, who is a defensive artist, hit .320 in 306 plate appearances with Cienfuegos in the 2011-2012 Cuban National Series, and .293 last season. Most scouts believe he could be a Gold Glove winner, but is not expected to be an offensive force in the major leagues.

With Cienfuegos, Arruebarruena was a teammate of Yasiel Puig, who signed with the Dodgers in June 2012 for seven years and $42 million and finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2013. Arruebarruena was also teammates with Jose Abreu, who signed with the Chicago White Sox last October with a six-year, $68 million contract.

Besides Puig and Arruebarruena, the Dodgers will also have Cuban second baseman Alexander Guerrero with the team in spring training. Guerrero signed a four-year, $28 million contract last October in Dominican Republic.

Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon contributed to this report.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

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