Red Sox in on Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero

The Red Sox are one of the teams interested in big-hitting Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero.

Jon Heyman has named the Red Sox as one of the teams interested in Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero.

Guerrero, 26, defected from Cuba earlier this year and for a while seemed destined to end up on the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since then, however, he's hired Scott Boras, and the rumored $32 million deal has fallen through. Given those two pieces of information, chances are that the price will now be higher for the middle infielder who hit .290/.402/.576 in 328 plate appearances in the 2011-2012 season.

It's not exactly clear why the Red Sox would be in on Guerrero. They have a second baseman and a shortstop in Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts, and very likely a third baseman in Will Middlebrooks. If indeed the Red Sox are looking to bring aboard another middle infielder, it might speak to their hesitance to commit to Middlebrooks at the hot corner.

While his ability to translate those Cuban National Series numbers into MLB numbers will be the primary concern for any Major League teams, it's worth mentioning that he decided to sit out his last season in Cuba shortly after being left off the World Baseball Classic roster. That's not exactly damning, but for a team that's done a lot of work to rebrand itself, it's got to be part of the equation.

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