The Dodgers have signed 23-year-old Cuban SS Erisbel Arruebarrena (ESPN.com, Feb. 12).
The Mets were among several teams reportedly planning to scout Arruebarrena during his December workout in the Dominican Republic (Martino, Dec. 10).
“He’s a very good defensive player. His glove is very close to the big leagues. The bat, you kind of think he’s one of those guys who’ll bat down in the order,” a scout once told Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. “He’ll be a quality defensive shortstop in the Major Leagues, but you wonder if he’s going to hit.”