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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The end of the Cuban revolution is coming soon with Luis Robert’s signing

The Cuban revolution in Major League Baseball ends this week. Technically, Luis Robert, 19 years old, 6-foot-2, 180 yoked pounds, outfielder, right-handed hitter and thrower, fast as a bullwhip and, like every one of his predecessors, especially interesting because he is shrouded in the unknown, is not the last baseball player to come to the United States from Cuba. The drip-drip-drip of talent, whether through defection or an agreement between the league and nation, will cease no time soon.

What does conclude with Robert’s signing, which multiple sources told Yahoo Sports they expect to be with the Chicago White Sox or St. Louis Cardinals, is the huge-money era of Cubans in the sport. Over the past seven years, beginning with Aroldis Chapman’s defection, teams guaranteed well over three-quarters of a billion dollars to Cubans that hadn’t played a single inning of organized baseball outside of their homeland. There were a few booms. There were as many, if not more, busts. Now, with Robert, it’s over.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Favorites to sign Cuban outfielder Luis Robert | MLB.com

Out of the running
The Angels, Blue Jays, Cubs, D-backs, Dodgers, Rays, Red Sox, Royals and Yankees are limited to signing a player for $300,000 or less during the current signing period, putting those teams out of the running for Robert.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2017 at 03:02 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, luis robert

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Luis Robert Declared A Free Agent - MLB Trade Rumors

The next big thing is going to the last international player to get paid.

Robert, a 19-year-old outfielder, has reportedly drawn wide interest from around the league. Last we checked in, a variety of organizations were planning to take closer scouting looks. If there’s a favorite at this point, it could be the White Sox, though they’d be entering the penalty box by striking a deal with Robert. Numerous other organizations have already blown past their bonus pools, so going on to sign Robert would mean ponying up double his bonus but wouldn’t change their future international spending eligibility.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international free agents

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Padres to sign Cuban lefty Osvaldo Hernandez

The Padres have agreed to sign Cuban pitching prospect Osvaldo Hernandez for $2.5 million, according to a source. The 18-year-old left-hander will join a record-breaking international class on which the Padres have spent roughly $80 million since July 2.

Hernandez, who was declared a free agent last month, drew interest from several other teams, including the Astros, Cardinals and Braves. The 6-footer has a fastball that reaches 94 mph. His secondary pitches — a curveball, slider and change-up — are considered advanced for his age.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 14, 2017 at 01:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, osvaldo hernandez, padres

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Timing Is Key For Cuban Outfielder Luis Robert | BaseballAmerica.com

Robert has the talent of a first-round pick if he were in the draft. After he signs, he should be ready for an assignment to a low or high Class A affiliate. He has a strong, lean frame at 6-foot-3 with broad shoulders, a wide back and quick-twitch athleticism. A righthanded hitter with excellent bat speed and a sound swing, Robert has plus power with room to continue filling out and increase that in the future.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 06:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, luis robert

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MLB Allows Hector Mendoza Unrestricted Free Agency In Unusual Case | BaseballAmerica.com

Late Cuban free agent enters the mix. In another article, BA says he’s a reliever with middle of the rotation potential. That ability should help him to get a nice contract.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, hector mendoza

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rangers Get Cheap Price On Cuban Infielder Luis Yander La O | BaseballAmerica.com

Luis Yander La O? Is that really his name? My database might not like him.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 02:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, rangers

Luis Robert Leaves Cuba, With Clock Ticking Before New Rules Begin | BaseballAmerica.com

Luis Robert, one of Cuba’s best young prospects, is out of the country. Due to Major League Baseball’s new international rules, the timing of when Robert gets cleared to sign will have significant ramifications on how much he will get paid and which teams will be able to sign him.
...
But if Robert isn’t cleared to sign by June 15, he will be subject to the more restrictive hard cap of the new international signing rules. After June 15, there is a two-week “closed period” in which no players are allowed to sign, with the 2017-18 signing period opening on July 2. During the 2017-18 period, the aggregate bonus pools will increase, but teams are prohibited from exceeding their pool allotments. Most teams get a $4.75 million bonus pool, while some of the smaller market and smaller revenue clubs get either $5.25 million or $5.75 million to spend. Teams can trade for up to an additional 75 percent of their original pool allocation, so a club that starts with $4.75 million could trade for up to $8.3 million, while a club with $5.75 million could move up to a little more than $10 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, luis robert

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Dodgers near deal with Jose Miguel Fernandez | MLB.com

Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez is nearing a Minor League deal with the Dodgers, sources told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez on Sunday.

The club has not confirmed the report.

Per Sanchez, Fernandez’s signing bonus is worth around $200,000.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2017 at 10:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, jose miguel fernandez

 

 

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