Shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena of Cuba makes a throw to first base during the World Baseball Classic in Tokyo last year.
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PHOENIX -- The Dodgers have signed Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25-million contract, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been formally announced.
Arruebarrena, 23, won’t be able to report to the Dodgers camp until he obtains a P1 visa.
Arruebarrena’s name was misspelled in previous reports because the name was spelled “Arruebarruena” on the back of his jersey in the 2013 World Baseball Classic
Arruebarrena defected from Cuba in November and established residency in Haiti, according to news reports.
He is described as a defensive wizard, but Baseball America reported his bat is “a major source of concern.”
Arruebarrena was a teammate of Yasiel Puig in the Cuban league. Along with Puig and Alex Guerrero, he becomes the third Cuban signed by the Dodgers in the last two years.
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