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Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is drawing plenty of interest

Jun 29, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP AP

Here’s your introduction to Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a Cuban right-hander who is poised to get the next major payday among international players.

Gonzalez, 26, has taken up residency in Mexico while he waits to be unblocked by the U.S. Treasury Department. That could happen as soon as next week, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. While he can’t sign with an MLB team yet, CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler hears that “about 45 scouts” were in attendance last night when he threw for the Tijuana Toros. The Cubs apparently had the largest presence, but Knobler writes that the Dodgers “badly want” to sign him. The Red Sox and Angels are among the other teams who watched Gonzalez last night.

Gonzalez is older than 23 and played in Cuba’s top league for more than three seasons, so he will not be subject to MLB’s international spending cap. In other words, there will be no restriction on what he’ll be paid. Some are saying he could get a contract in the $40-60 million range.

Gonzalez stands at 6-foot-3 and Sanchez writes that he “has a fastball in the mid-90s, a changeup, fork and a curveball.” He made a name for himself at the 2010 University Baseball Championships in Tokyo and the Baseball World Cup in 2009 and 2011, but barely pitched in Cuba over the past two seasons, as he was suspended for attempting to leave the country. He finally fled earlier this year.

  1. losanginsight - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Welcome to LA

  2. khmerson562 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    He will sign with the dodgers, the money they can give him and puig.

    • bendover09 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      You people do realize that there is other organizations with just as much money and power. If not more power.

      • dan1111 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:19 AM

        With the Dodgers’ new TV contract, it’s questionable that anyone else has “just as much money”. Certainly, no one has been willing to overspend like them over the last two seasons.

        I’m not sure what “power” means. Do these other, supposedly powerful, teams have some way of forcing Gonzalez to sign with them, other than offering a lot of money?

  3. pinkfloydprism - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Shocking…. the Dodgers want to sign or trade for everyone. I also heard that they have been to Scottsdale in an attempt to reanimate Ted Williams.

  4. iwillfindyou - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Cubs will throw 80 mil at this guy. He will then proceed to impress and make the big league roster within two years. He will then proceed to blow out his shoulder and never be able to pit h again. Go Cubs.

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