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Yulieski Gourriel Newsbeat

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Ex-Met says time is Wright for club to sign Cuban 3B Gourriel - NY Daily News

Are there still questions about his age?

“It’s more of an issue when a guy is listed at 32,” one scout said. “It’s not like someone who says he’s 22 and turns out to be 24 or 25. At 32 an extra year or two matters a lot more. You have to see if the athleticism is still there.

“Even if he looks good in a workout, I wouldn’t give him more than two years. The cost would depend on how many clubs get involved, but based on what some of the other (Cuban defectors) have gotten, it figures to be $10-$11 million a year, depending on the length.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes knows Cuban star’s talent better than anyone | New York Post

Gourriel hasn’t played at a high level of competition in a while. Thinking he can step in and help the Mets this year is probably far-fetched.

“At the time that I left that was the best ballplayer in Cuba,” Cespedes said through interpreter Melissa Rodriguez. “He is a five-tool player. When I was in Cuba we were best friends.”

The Mets need to make a serious run at the free agent. With David Wright likely heading to neck surgery, the Mets desperately need to find a solution to their third-base problem and think about putting together an offense that takes full advantage of the super pitching staff.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
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