Arruebarrena Agrees to Five-Year Deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Erisbel Arruebarrena is being heralded as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ “shortstop of the future”…

The 23-year-old Cuban professional baseball star has signed a five-year-contract with the Dodgers.

Erisbel Arruebarrena

The deal will pay Arruebarrena $25 million, according to an ESPN source, which includes a reported $7.5 million signing bonus.

Arruebarrena remains in the Dominican Republic, trying to secure a visa to travel to Arizona to join the team’s spring training camp, and likely will begin the season in the minor leagues, but the Dodgers believe he’s full capable of being their shortstop of the future.

“We think he adds to our major-league club at some point this year, someone who can play shortstop at a high level,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said.

The Dodgers have begun discussions with shortstop Hanley Ramirez on a long-term contract extension, but Colletti said Ramirez is open to moving positions, likely to third base. Ramirez is a free agent at the end of the upcoming season.

The Dodgers hope Arruebarrena can improve his hitting with some time in the minor leagues. He batted .276 with 67 doubles, 27 home runs and 171 RBIs in 437 career games in the Cuban Serie Nacional. He was teammates with Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig.

“He brings another superb glove to our organization,” said the Dodgers’ top international scout, Bob Engle.

Uribe Signs New Two-Year Deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers

Juan Uribe will remain a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers…

The 34-year-old Dominican professional baseball infielder has signed a two-year contract with the team he joined in 2011.

Juan Uribe

“Juan was a major player in our success last season,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was quoted as saying Tuesday in a team press release. “His play at third base, leadership in the clubhouse and clutch hitting helped the club immensely.”

Uribe had a .278 batting average, 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 132 games for the Dodgers in the 2013 season.

He also took on the role of mentor for Cuban rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, who had a limited command of English during his first big-league season.

Uribe has a career .253 batting average.

Also Tuesday, the Dodgers announced the signing of right-handed relievers Jamey Wright and Chris Perez and southpaw J.P. Howell.

The Dodgers reached the 2013 postseason after making a big surge up the standings in the summer months, but the team was eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.