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Posts Tagged ‘Dominican Republic.’

Five MLB teams in running for services of Cuban Alexander Guerrero

(By OCAL, courtesy

There are reports on the radio and in other media reports that Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero has interest in him from five Major League Baseball teams.

The teams are the Dodgers, Twins, Red Sox and Braves.

The fifth team could be the Cincinnati Reds due to the fact that they signed closer Aroldis Chapman, another Cuban defector. Guerrero is likely to sign where he is comfortable.

The 26-year-old is said to be after a five-to-seven-year deal for his services.

Guerrero defected earlier this year and currently is working out in the Dominican Republic.

In order for him to gain entrance to the United States, Guerrero will have to be unblocked by the Office of Foreign Assests Control and then he can sign with any MLB team.

Roberto Hernandez, formerly Fausto Carmona, wins first game since name change

Roberto Hernandez (courtesy

It has been quite awhile since Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona had won a game on the mound.

Yesterday, for the Tampa Bay Rays, he pitched effectively for six innings, allowed one earned run, three hits, three walks and seven strikeouts in an 8-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

The win was his first since becoming Roberto Hernandez and he is 1-3 to start the 2013 season.

The victory was also his since September 20, 2011 when he pitched for the Cleveland Indians.

The 32-year-old right-hander has changed his life after completing a work program. He was arrested in the Dominican Republic in January of 2012 on false-identity charges. The charges were later dropped.

Hernandez has a career record of 54-72 with an ERA of 4,64 and 592 strikeouts.

Toronto Blue Jays lock up Encarnacion with three-year contract


Edwin Encarnacion (courtesy of

At one time last season, the Toronto Blue Jays were thinking about releasing Edwin Encarnacion due to lack of production and his play in the field. They had designated him for assignment which meant they had 10 days to release, trade or send him to the minors. They decided on the latter.

Since his demotion and return to the big leagues, the 29-year-old Encarnacion has improved dramatically.

A former third baseman, Encarnacion, now Toronto’s first baseman, has been given a new three-year contract by the Blue Jays. The $27 million deal has a $10 million club option for the 2016 season.

A former member of the Cincinnati Reds from 2005-2009, Encarnacion is hitting .295 with 23 homers and 58 RBI’s.

In his career, the Dominican Republic native has a .264 batting average with 802 hits, 140 home runs and 450 RBI’s.


Info compiled from MLB & Toronto Blue Jays

Guerrero trying to slug his way back to MLB & Toronto’s Blue Jays


Vladimir Guerrero with Orioles (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Slugging outfielder/designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero had quite a career in Major League Baseball with Montreal, the LA Angels, Texas and Baltimore.

His totals are a .318 average, 2,590 hits, 449 homers, 1,496 RBI’s.

But no one wanted to sign him as a free agent after the 2011 season.

Cleveland took a look at him briefly during spring training down in his native Dominican Republic. And now, the Toronto Blue Jays have him getting in shape in the minors.

The 37-year-old is moving up to Las Vegas, the Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate.

Guerrero was tearing up the Class A League at Dunedin, Florida, hitting .450 with a double, four home runs and eight RBI’s.


Info compiled form Toronto Blue Jays, Radio & TV news

Reds claim former Orioles pitcher Simon off waivers


The Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday claimed  right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was waived on Friday by the Baltimore Orioles.

The 30-year-old Simon spent time as both a starter and a reliever over four seasons in Baltimore. After making all 49 of his appearances out of the bullpen in 2010, Simon started 16 games for the Orioles last season. He went 4-9 with a 4.90 ERA in his 23 appearances overall.

Alfredo Simon with Baltimore in 2011 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Simon, who spent all of his MLB career with the Orioles since 2008, has a career record of 8-12, with a 5.18 ERA and 131 strikeouts.

Simon is a native of the Dominican Republic.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & Cincinnati Reds news

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