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Yankees wait to bid on Cuban defector

Feb 13, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

So says George King of the New York Post:

Do
the Yankees have their sights on Derek Jeter’s eventual replacement,
who also could be a future center fielder who nudges Curtis Granderson
to left?

If I didn’t know any better, I think King
just told me this kid can play two positions at the same time. Crazy.
But seriously, King reports that the Yankees are expected to bid on
Cuban defector Adeiny Hechavarria once he is “unblocked” by the Office
of Foreign Assets Committee, or OFAC. The OFAC are currently verifying
his age — allegedly 21 years old — identity and residency, although
they may be finished as soon as next week. Hechavarria, a veteran of
the Cuban junior national team, defected to Mexico last year.

I
don’t know any more than I’ve read in the past few days, but there are
more than a few scouts who have said he is a better prospect than
19-year-old Jose Iglesias, who signed with the Red Sox in September.
The Angels were also linked to Hechavarria earlier this week.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Of course this guy is a better prospect than Iglesias. If Iglesias were the better prospect, he’d be (trumpet and horn flourish) a YANKEE. It is Known Fact that when choosing between two players, the Yankees always get the better one (see Igawa, Kei).

  2. yankeh8r - Feb 13, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    You can’t be serious. You are referring to Kei Igawa the pitcher for the Yankees? The one who is 2-4 in 2 years with a 6.66 era? The one who was 0-1 with a 13.50 era last year? Who are you comparing him to?
    And does he pitch for the Tucamcari School for the Blind?

  3. GimmeSomeSteel - Feb 13, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    It was a joke, son. I still remember how some Yankee fans said they got the better pitcher (and “the guy we really wanted”) when they signed Igawa after the Sawx paid so much for Matsuzaka.

  4. yankeh8r - Feb 14, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    thanx 4 clarifying old man.

  5. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    See, now you know what it’s like to be taken seriously. Not a very good feeling, is it?

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