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  1. Sounds like the White Sox are going to get Jose Abreu

    Oct 17, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    That is, if our process of elimination is correct.  The upshot: earlier today MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported that Jose Abreu narrowed his list of potential destinations to the Astros, Red Sox and White Sox. Then Buster Olney reported that the Astros’ bid has fallen short and that the Red Sox did not expect to sign him.…

  2. Report: Marlins “all in” on signing Jose Abreu

    Oct 5, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Ben Badler of Baseball America pegged the Rangers as the most likely landing spot for Cuban slugger Jose Abreu last week, but it sounds like they are going to have plenty of competition. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are “all in” to sign Abreu and were “well represented” as his two-day workout…

  3. Rangers considered to have “inside track” on Jose Abreu

    Sep 30, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Ben Badler of Baseball America, who covers the international prospect world better than anyone, has a lengthy new article about Cuban slugger Jose Abreu and his “green light” to sign after being cleared by MLB. Quite a few teams have been linked to Abreu by various reports, but Badler rates the Rangers as his most…

  4. Report: Giants GM Brian Sabean scouting Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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    After watching the Dodgers strike gold with Yasiel Puig, the NL West rival Giants are trying to land the next impact bat out of Cuba. Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Giants general manager Brian Sabean and special assistant Felipe Alou are currently in the Dominican Republic scouting first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu. The 26-year-old…

  5. Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero close to $32 million contract with Dodgers

    Sep 9, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    Alexander Guerrero

    Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero is close to signing a $32 million contract with the Dodgers, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes reported back in mid-July that Guerrero and the Dodgers had agreed to a $32 million contract–which he said was for seven years–but then Guerrero’s agent denied there was a…

  6. Phillies sign Cuban pitcher Miguel Alredo Gonzalez to revised deal at $36 million discount

    Aug 30, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

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    Back in mid-July the Phillies and Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez reportedly agreed to a six-year, $48 million contract, but that deal fell apart over concerns about the health of his elbow. Today the Phillies announced that they’ve officially signed Gonzalez, but the contract is for three years and $12 million, with a vesting option…

  7. Jose Dariel Abreu establishing residency in Haiti

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com has an update on Jose Dariel Abreu, the powerful first baseman who defected from his native Cuba earlier this month and is in the process of becoming an MLB free agent: Source: Jose Abreu is establishing residency in Haiti. There isn’t a open showcase scheduled yet & he’ll likely be an…

  8. Report: Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero narrows list of potential landing spots

    Aug 19, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Alexander Guerrero

    Reports last month that Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero had agreed to a contract with the Dodgers turned out to be premature, but the 26-year-old has apparently narrowed his list of potential landing spots. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that Guerrero is currently deciding between four teams, including the Twins, Dodgers, Red Sox, and Braves.…

  9. Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu has picked an agent stateside

    Aug 17, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    We learned last week that Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu had defected (reportedly to Haiti or the Dominican Republic) in an effort to make his way to the United States. Now he has picked an agent. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that Abreu has selected Barry Praver and Bart Hernandez of Praver Shapiro Sports…

  10. Phillies hit a snag in $50 million deal with Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

    Aug 7, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP

    Two weeks ago the Phillies were said to have agreed to a six-year, $50 million deal with Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, but the contract has yet to be announced officially and apparently it may not actually happen now. For their part the Phillies have said absolutely nothing about Gonzalez one way or another and…

  11. Keeping Cliff Lee is the wrong choice for Phillies

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Trends don’t get much more clear than this: 2008: Won World Series 2009: Lost World Series 2010: Lost NLCS 2011: Lost NLDS 2012: Missed playoffs Now, that’s not entirely fair: the Phillies had their best records in that span in 2011 and 2010. But Charlie Manuel’s team has dropped off severely since then. In 2012,…

  12. Phillies sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a six-year contract worth more than $50 million

    Jul 26, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Phillies have signed Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the highly-touted 26-year-old right-hander from Cuba, to a six-year contract worth more than $50 million. Gonzalez drew interest from almost every major league team after being cleared for employment on July 15 by the United States government. The bidding came down…

  13. Report: Dodgers sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero for $32 million

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Update: Guerrero’s agent has denied that there’s an agreement in place, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. He says there are still three teams in the mix. /// Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero, who defected and set up shop in the Dominican Republic back in January, has inked a seven-year, $32 million contract with the Dodgers, according…

  14. Dodgers not interested in Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez after all?

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP

    Over the weekend Peter Gammons of MLB Network reported that the Dodgers “will go five years and close to $50 million” to sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, citing as his source an unnamed general manager who believed the Cuban right-hander would sign with Los Angeles. However, now Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that “the Dodgers are…

  15. Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez could sign next week

    Jul 18, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP

    Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was declared a free agent by MLB earlier this week after he received clearance by the United States government. And the bidding could wrap up fairly quickly. Gonzalez’s agent, Jaime Torres, told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he expects his client to have an agreement with an MLB team…

  16. Cuban pitcher Misael Siverio defects to United States

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Amid reports that Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is close to signing a big long-term contract another Cuban pitcher, Misael Siverio, has apparently defected with an eye toward free agency. Siverio left the Cuban national team while it was playing exhibition games in Iowa and gave a statement to El Nuevo Herald saying: Leaving behind…

  17. Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa cleared for free agency

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Following yesterday’s news that highly sought after Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is officially a free agent, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com 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…

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

    Jul 15, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez 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 MLB.com reports that Gonzalez has been cleared…

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

    Jun 29, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez 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…

  20. Casey McGehee, Hector Luna tearing up the Japanese Leagues

    May 2, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    A month into NPB play, the leading hitters in both the Central and Pacific Leagues are former major leaguers playing in Japan for the first time. Here are some early numbers: Central League – Hitting Hector Luna: .402/.462/.624, 3 HR in 117 AB Matt Murton: .362/.400/.474, 2 HR in 116 AB Tony Blanco: .346/.423/.841, 16…

  21. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:20 AM EDT

    Wrap

    God, wasn’t that family thing/working/cleaning/ thing a pain in the butt this weekend? Kept you from paying attention to baseball? Yeah, me too. Thankfully, then, here is everything you missed that mattered: Jose Reyes is gonna be gone a while. Josh Hamilton continued to distinguish himself. As the hour gets late in the bar, everyone…

  22. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 14, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

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    The Marlins are an awful team, but they’ll be worth watching this year when Jose Fernandez pitches. Fernandez, 20, tossed six innings of scoreless ball Saturday in Miami’s 2-1 victory over the visiting Phillies, yielding only two hits and two walks while striking out five. He boasts a high-90s fastball and offset it well on…

  23. Jacket 1, Jose Fernandez 0

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Marlins starter Jose Fernandez can throw a baseball better than all but a few human beings on planet earth. He had just singled and driven in the Marlins’ first run of the game to break a scoreless tie — his first career hit and RBI as well — but it was a jacket that really…

  24. Jose Fernandez strikes out eight Mets in major league debut

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    Jose Fernandez

    A week after the Marlins shocked everyone by announcing his callup, 20-year-old Jose Fernandez allowed one run in five innings and struck out eight Mets in his major league debut Sunday. Fernandez, regarded as one of the game’s top five pitching prospects, was expected to spend the bulk of the season in the minors. In…

  25. Marlins top prospects all land on the disabled list

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Christian Yelich

    Besides Giancarlo Stanton and maybe right-hander Jose Fernandez, the Marlins’ shining light this year was going to be their remarkable Double-A outfield; Christian Yelich is one of baseball’s very best prospects and both Jake Marisnick, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Jose Reyes trade, and Marcell Ozuna rate comfortably within the top…

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