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Cuban SS Erisbel Arruebarruena signs with Dodgers

The Dodgers have signed 23-year-old Cuban SS Erisbel Arruebarruena (ESPN.com, Feb. 12).

The Mets were among several teams reportedly planning to scout Arruebarruena 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.”

23 comments
kefhrny17
kefhrny17

The REAL question is, how do you pronounce his name?


Brian Sementa
Brian Sementa

where is he playing do the dodgers know its not basketball where u sub players in and out they have 4 All star Outfielders In Andre Either Carwford Kemp and Puig now they have Hanley Gordon and this kid? there bench could be better tthen most teams

hankypanky
hankypanky

Arruebarruena? No way could this name fit on a shirt.

However there are teams that don't wear player's names in the traditional mode (which I prefer). He might have a future with them :)

Ricky
Ricky

Another Dee Gordon for the Dodgers...

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

And why is Tejada not at camp yet? He should be there...guy is a clown but the mets love him

drmetfan
drmetfan

The Dodgers are going all out on all Cuban defectors. This seems to be the end of Hanley Ramirez as a Dodger. He is a FA next year. Their is our SS. 

zoddie
zoddie

We already have a 23 year old Latin shortstop that we are not sure if he wil hit or not.

mingo
mingo

That's fine with me, we'd never be able to pronounce his name anyways.

zoddie
zoddie

Maybe because position players aren't required to come until the 20th and today is the 12th? He also chose to attend the voluntary conditioning program over the winter which he partially paid for with his own money.

So calm down.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@drmetfan  I do not mean to LOL u but LOL


Mets are not gonna get Hanley Ramirez....

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@mingo  Couldn't afford to pay for all those letters on his jersey

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@zoddie That "partially paid for" comment doesn't sound like he was too committed.  If you said that he found the camp himself, paid for it with his own money, and is still there, then I would be impressed.  You guys know nothing of that camp, you don't know how long he spent there, but you think it's like a season on The Biggest Loser.  Quit patting him on the back for doing something to keep his career going.

If he wants to show dedication, he should be in voluntary camp with everyone else.  His family will understand it when he continues to make money as a Major League shortstop.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@zoddie  and Duda attended the same camp and is already in Florida.


If you have a SS that is already under the microscope, attended camp late last year, was already out of shape, and is not that good of a player to begin with, he should be motivated to get to camp early like many of the other position players like Wright and Davis and Duda. So with all due respect, Tejada needs to be down here. Him being here now would prove something

drmetfan
drmetfan

@Victor Triguero  LOL! Go ahead. Is OK. HAHAHA! But, he will be a FA. If this organization is SERIOUS about contending and spending money he is the guy to get.

zoddie
zoddie

@flmetsfan In case you missed the reports all winter, the Mets offered a camp to help players with nutrition, fitness, flexibility, and agility.  Attendance was not required.  If a player wanted to go, they would have to split the cost with the team and pay the rest out of pocket.


This winter camp was just outside of DETROIT.  A wonderful place to spend a winter, especially if you are from sunny Panama.


We know a lot about the camp.  Metblog wrote about it multiple times.  The NYTimes did a feature on it.  We know who ran it, what they did there, etc.  Not my fault you didn't follow the news all winter.

Tejada was there for 4 weeks in the beginning of the offseason and then AGAIN later in the winter.  Why would I not give the kid credit for traveling TWICE from Panama to not only get more fit, but to get in better graces with Mets management?  He didn't have to go once.  But he went twice.  Now you are pissed because he may only be five days early to work instead of eight.

metstastic
metstastic

@zoddie If you are on the cusp of getting laid off, would you try to come in earlier (say an hour early.. or before your boss) to your job to try to prove something? 

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@zoddie So, what you're saying is that the Mets are playing him this year because they have no other alternatives to trot out to shortstop every day.

You're making me really excited about the upcoming season!

zoddie
zoddie

Maybe he's proving that he likes to spend time with his family since he was away at that program during the winter. Maybe he is planning to show up four days before position players are supposed to report instead of eight days before. Maybe it doesn't matter one bit.

If he's late to camp again, I'll be concerned. I know I don't show up over a week early to my job.

And your claim that the Mets "love him" is ludicrous. Do you not remember Sandy and the organization talking smack about him for MONTHS? I'd say he's the LEAST liked player by the organization (since Valdespin is gone). Choosing to spend a month of his off season away from his home and learning how to eat and work out better shows me he's serious.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@drmetfan @Victor Triguero Hanley Ramirez to the Mets, seriously?  First, the guy will be 32 and be asking for a long term deal for at least $18MM.  Second, he is a cancer on a clubhouse, and will not be the kind of guy to hang around with younger players.  Both of which will definitely take him off Alderson's radar right a way.