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Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa cleared for free agency

Jul 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT


Following yesterday’s news that highly sought after Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is officially a free agent, Jesse Sanchez of reports that another Cuban pitcher, right-hander Dalier Hinojosa, has also been cleared to sign with MLB teams.

Hinojosa defected from Cuba in February and has been petitioning MLB and the U.S. government for free agent status since. Sanchez writes that the 27-year-old Hinojosa “throws a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s.”

He’s an outright free agent and not subject to the draft because he’s older than 23 with more than three years of experience in Cuba, so expect a big payday.

  1. hcf95688 - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Let me guess….the Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are reported to be interested?

    • caeser12 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Don’t worry, my Yanks won’t try to get him until he’s 37 years old, and after he’s won a few playoff games against them. Go NY.

  2. beerjunkie - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    You forgot the Rangers and Angels as interested as well.

  3. Chris K - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    In a situation like this, would he be better off signing before the deadline so a big market team can sign him and he doesn’t have to worry about them trading for a player, or is he better off waiting until after the deadline for all the teams that miss out on a guy like Garza to come clamouring for his services?

  4. gibbyfan - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    that’s the game today guys. They might as well make a separate legue with about 4 or five teams that can and will spend $200M/yr on payroll.
    Thankfully, ego,arrogance, buffoonery or whatever will still hold even some of these guys back (think Angels) and baseball purists can hope for that but bottom line much of competitive balance has been destroyed, IMO to the detriment of the game.
    So yes, if these guys are budding superstars, I expect only those 4 or five teams will be in the bidding.
    And I will quickly add that I tip my hat to whatever superior abilities were putt to use for the Reds and As to get Chapman and Cespedes………might be that the big $$$ guys thought you had to be in your thirties with a big name to warrant big money —I’m hopin g that mind set stays intact but am not hopeful

    • kingscourt25 - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Shut up

      • seahawks19081 - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        I did not read the guys comment, but yours king was great.

    • BDill - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      gibbyfan – your point is overstated and naive. There are only two teams in baseball with a $200 million payroll (Yankees & Dodgers), and Cashman has repeatedly declared he wants to get under the $189 million mark in the next year or two because he’s tired of paying out the nose for the luxury tax. Meanwhile, the Dodgers may be spending like crazy, but to what end? They’re just 5 games over .500 in a weak division. Yes there are only a few teams that can spend the big time $$$, but it certainly isn’t netting them championships. Look at these recent champions: 2012 Giants – $117 mil. payroll (7th in MLB), 2011 Cardinals – $105 mil. (11th), 2010 Giants – $98 mil. (9th), 2008 Phillies – $98 mil. (13th), 2006 Cardinals – $88 mil. (11th), 2005 White Sox – $75 million (13th). Yes, the likelihood that a team with a $30-40 mil. payroll can win a championship is quite slim (though the ’08 Rays and their $43 mil. payroll came close). But to suggest you have to spend $200 million to win is ludicrous.

  5. hcf95688 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

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