Looks like the Dodgers solved one of their big holes, by signing the 3 time MVP out of the Italian baseball league to a 3 year $25 million contract.
Milan English Daily - April 1, 2004
(Milan) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have come to agreement with Italian shortstop Fabio Anchovio, making him the first player to make the move from the Italian baseball league to the majors. The Dodgers are believed to have outbid the Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers for the slick fielding, power hitting shortstop. Anchovio in five years for BC Milano hit 198 home runs, stole 158 bases and hit over .350 four times. Anchovio is expected to have an immediate impact on his new team, and will appear in a Dodger uniform for the first time during the upcoming freeway series against the Angels.
The move came as a surprise. Anchovio was let out of his contract with BC Milano, after the Dodgers paid his former club $5 million in cash. Former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda helped negotiate the deal and made many trips over to Italy during the offseason to talk to Anchovio and Italian baseball officials. "This guy can flat out play", said a gleeful Lasorda. "It's not often that a player of this magnitude comes around, power, speed, fielding and best of all he's Italian."
The signing will send Cesar Izturis to the bench. Manager Jim Tracy hinted that Anchovio would bat third in the lineup, with outfielder Shawn Green offering protection to the Italian slugger.
... and from: The Fantasy House:
Fantasy Spin: Today the Dodgers signed Italian shortstop Fabio Anchovio. Anchovio is the Italian version of Alex Rodriguez. While it will take him some time to make the adjustment to big league pitching, you should make every opportunity to pick Anchovio up. It's not often that five tool shortstops just come out of the woodwork.
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