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Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez free to sign with MLB team

Jul 15, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP AP

Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has been drawing plenty of interest around MLB, but teams have been unable to bid on him because he had to secure an unblocking license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) first. The wait is officially over.

Jesse Sanchez of reports that Gonzalez has been cleared by the U.S. government and is now free to sign with any team. The bidding is expected to move pretty quickly, as Sanchez hears that a deal could come together within the next two weeks.

Gonzalez defected from Cuba earlier this year and took up residency in Mexico while waiting to be cleared to come to the United States. The 26-year-old stands at 6-foot-3 and was described by Sanchez as having “a fastball in the mid-90s, a changeup, fork and a curveball.”

Because Gonzalez is older than 23 years old and played in Cuba’s top league for more than three seasons, he will not be subject to MLB’s international spending cap. One recent report suggested he could get a deal in the range of $40-60 million. The Dodgers, Red Sox, and Cubs are among the teams expected to be in the mix.

  1. hcf95688 - Jul 15, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    “The Dodgers, Red Sox, and Cubs are among the teams expected to be in the mix.”

    Hahaha. yeah, ya think? You mean the teams that always throw big money around will be expected to throw some big money around? In other news, water is wet.

  2. 13arod - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I heard the yanks were wanted him more then anybody else

    • xavier46 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      LSD is crazy, man.

  3. spyder9669 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Giants have zito and lincecum coming off the books. They need to make a run at this guy.

  4. sactowndodger - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Hope the Dodgers get him, save us from trading a prospect for another rental type pitcher

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