There have been a number of Cuban defectors since I last checked in with a profile. I hope to get to each of them in time. Despite the Cub front office’s determination to do as little as possible this offseason, I do think there’s a good chance they make a run at one or more of them. Cuban free agents are …
Cubs Lose Out on Tanaka
The Cubs’ primary free agent target of the offseason is now off the table. Masahiro Tanaka agreed to terms with the Yankees today on a 7 year/ $155 million deal. Ken Rosenthal broke the news this morning, following up with the tidbit that the Cubs were indeed among the finalists. Phil Rogers hears the same, that the Cubs were in …
The Cubs’ IFA Mistake
Why we can be confident that the Cubs didn’t intend to exceed their pool space in 2013-14 International Free Agency.
Jen-Ho Tseng Headed Down Under; Complete Cubs IFA News
Jen-Ho Tseng officially signs with the Cubs and heads to Australia. Luis Encarnacion agrees to terms with the Phillies. A look at the Cubs’ strategy for the IFA period.
The Cubs Way Revealed
A look at the official “Cubs Way.”
Jose Dariel Abreu Stats, Video, and Cuban Comps
Jose Dariel Abreu Stats. A look at Jose Abreu’s statistics in Cuba’s la Serie Nacional and a comparison to other recent Cuban defectors such as Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig.
Jose Dariel Abreu Defects, Alexander Guerrero Bidding Still Open
Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu has defected. The bidding on Alexander Guerrero is ongoing. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez’s deal with the Phillies has hit a snag.
Misael Siverio Stats and Video
Cuban News The notable free agent news of the day is that the Cubs are unlikely to sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, per CSN’s Patrick Mooney. This is a good thing, I think, unless his price ends up dropping to the $10 million range. At that point, he might be a decent gamble. The Cuban National Team is currently in the midst …
Alexander Guerrero Stats
Cuban News The Dodgers are reportedly out of the running for Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. This comes as a bit of a surprise given their current proclivities for spending. The pitching in LA is looking better these days, as Zack Greinke seems to have turned it around, and Ricky Nolasco has been added to shore up their rotation. What remains to be …
Dariel Alvarez Stats, Aledmis Diaz Stats, and Endless Cuban Comps
Updates: If interested in more defector profiles and comparisons, here are Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Dalier Hinojosa, Odrisamer Despaigne, Alexander Guerrero, and Misael Siverio. In case you are looking for some info to browse through while waiting for Matt Garza to leave town. I was initially planning to write up Misael Siverio, a Cuban lefty who disappeared into a cornfield in Des Moines Tuesday …