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

    Aug 17, 2013, 1:47 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 7, 2013, 10:47 AM EST

    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…

  3. Keeping Cliff Lee is the wrong choice for Phillies

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:56 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jul 26, 2013, 10:31 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 18, 2013, 8:10 PM EST

    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…

  8. Cuban pitcher Misael Siverio defects to United States

    Jul 18, 2013, 11:47 AM EST

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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…

  9. Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa cleared for free agency

    Jul 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

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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…

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

    Jul 15, 2013, 7:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 29, 2013, 1:32 PM EST

    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…

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

    May 2, 2013, 1:17 PM EST

    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…

  13. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:20 AM EST

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    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…

  14. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 14, 2013, 8:49 AM EST

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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…

  15. Jacket 1, Jose Fernandez 0

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

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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…

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

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:48 PM EST

    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…

  17. Marlins top prospects all land on the disabled list

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:11 PM EST

    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…

  18. Handicapping the NL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

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    The AL had an historic Rookie of the Year class last year, but this year, the NL appears to have the stronger group of the two leagues. The one issue: a lot of these talents are likely to have to wait until June or July for their opportunities, if they come this year at all.…

  19. Jose Fernandez, 20, makes Marlins’ Opening Day roster

    Mar 31, 2013, 10:27 AM EST

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    Surprising news this morning out of south Florida. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins have purchased the contract of top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez, adding him to their season-opening starting rotation. Fernandez, who doesn’t turn 21 years old until late July, was the 14th overall pick in the…

  20. Puerto Rico ousts two-time champ Japan from the World Baseball Classic, heads to Championship Game

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    World Baseball Classic - Semifinals - Puerto Rico v Japan

    There will be a new World Baseball Classic champ this year, as Puerto Rico eliminated Japan last night, winning 3-1 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Alex Rios led the charge, singling in a run in the first inning and hitting a two-run homer in the seventh. Puerto Rico starter Mario Santiago shut down the…

  21. Giancarlo Stanton back in USA’s lineup vs. Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EST

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    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Tuesday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Puerto Rico at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM PUERTO RICO 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Irving Falu, 2B…

  22. Cuba eliminates Chinese Taipei from World Baseball Classic with 14-0 victory

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:20 AM EST

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    After being crushed by Cuba earlier this morning, Chinese Taipei has been eliminated from the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Cuba topped Chinese Taipei 14-0 in a game which ended in the seventh inning due to the mercy rule. The big blow was an eight-run sixth inning. Frederich Cepeda, Yasmany Tomas, Jose Abreu and Alfredo Despaigne…

  23. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EST

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  24. Video: Giancarlo Stanton was beaned during batting practice today

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:31 PM EST

    Giancarlo Stanton

    The Marlins have one legit superstar left. And this is what happened to him in BP today: The pitcher was Jose Fernandez. And unless Jeff Loria paid Fernandez to do this as revenge for Stanton’s critical comments following the big Jose Reyes trade, it was an accident. Stanton says he’s OK. He said he didn’t…

  25. Baseball America’s annual top 100 prospects list is out

    Feb 19, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

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    Baseball America released its annual “Top 100 Prospects” list today and as always it’s a must-read, especially since it includes for every player scouting grades for each of the five tools. Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar tops the list, followed by Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, Rays outfielder Wil Myers, and Marlins right-hander…

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