Mar 15, 2010, 11:45 AM EST
No official announcement has been made, but various sources report that the Blue Jays have signed 19-year-old Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria for $10 million.
Hechevarria headed to the Dominican Republic after defecting from Cuba and held workouts for at least a half-dozen teams last month. He must have impressed, because he ended up with nearly $2 million more than fellow 19-year-old Cuban shortstop Jose Iglesias did back in September.
Iglesias has earned rave reviews for his glove since signing with the Red Sox, yet it was Hechevarria who played shortstop (with Iglesias at second base) when they were on the same junior national team. His bat is much less of a defined asset at this point, but new general manager Alex Anthopoulos made it clear that the Blue Jays will aggressively pursue young up-the-middle talent and while years away from the majors Hechevarria certainly qualifies.
It took $10 million, but the Blue Jays reportedly beat out the Yankees, Cubs, and Angels.
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