Yanks looking at Cuban SS Adeiny Hechevarria

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For some Cuban defectors, becoming cleared for MLB free agency can happen quickly. We saw that with Aroldis Chapman, who defected in early July, established residency in Andorra in September, and was granted free agency less than a week later. For other players it takes a bit longer. As George King of the Post reports, Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechevarria is about a week away from clearing the OFAC, which is still verifying his age, identity, and residency. Once that happens, word is the Yankees will be involved heavily.

The Cuban Ball Players blog has a bit more information about Hechevarria — including the spelling of his name, which I trust from that site, since it’s dedicated to Cuban players. Then again, the blog has him listed as 19 years old, while King’s article has him listed as 21. So we can take any information on the kid lightly at this point. In any case, the blog says that while Hechevarria posted a lower batting average than fellow Cuban Jose Iglesias, who signed with the Red Sox for $8.2 million last year, he hit for more power, especially the opposite way. Check out this video:

Will he stick at shortstop, though? Here’s an interesting quote from King’s article:

“He is a very good athlete and runs real well,” the scout said. “I don’t see him as a shortstop, I think he has a chance to be a center fielder in the mold of B.J. Upton. His throwing actions at short are kind of long.”

That doesn’t. This prospect won’t come cheap — probably somewhere around Iglesias’s deal — but it sounds like he might be worth the gamble, given his power and all-around athleticism.

Oh, and I don’t think we need to worry about his range to his left. The web-gem comes at the 4:58 mark.

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  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Based on that video, I don’t think we’ll be hearing “Pasta diving Hechevarria.” We had to assume the Yankees had at least looked into the possibility of signing him, but I’m still glad their interest is confirmed.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    I’d LOVE for the Yankees to sign this kid. He bumped Iglesias to 2B on the Cuban junior national team, so I assume he can stick @ SS. Especially since Iglesias is “the best defensive SS in MiLB” according to some.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      The Red Sox are going to be very exciting in a couple of years. Their team will consist of one outfielder (Westmoreland), one infielder (Enrique Iglesias), one pitcher (Kelly) and one catcher (doesn’t matter), everyone else in the lineup can just sit on the bench on defense.

    • UKYankee

      ‘some’, my mama says i’m the best looking boy in the country ;)

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com JMK The Overshare

        My mama tells me my parents’ solid financial standing, diverse contacts in many business industries, and clout on a local political level will enable me to overcome my plight of being dim-witted, hyperbolic, and physically deformed.

        But what do mamas know?

  • A.D.

    Given the age difference hopefully 21-22 is the worst case scenario?

  • http://www.vimeo.com/fiveeightfoursix thisis ledavidisrael

    We need to retool that farm system. Im with it!

  • Angelo

    Any prospect with good talent is welcome in the Yankees farm system.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com JMK The Overshare

      Sure, but things are a bit more complex than that. I’m with you in that the Yankees’ biggest advantage is of course their financial might, particularly when bonuses doled cannot be regulated. But at a certain point projection and cost converge. Is $6 million reasonable? $8? $10? If there’s a budget –and there is– and he doesn’t work out that $6-10 million greatly adversely affects what kinds of players the team can acquire. Basically, this doesn’t exist in a vacuum. $500k is one thing, $8 million is another.

      Beyond that, Hechevarria’s market value depends on a number of factors—can he stick at SS; what would his value be at CF; will his bat play; what is the probability he pans out; what is his age, etc. If using Iglesias as a baseline, you’re also assuming his $8 million deal was a proper market price. Maybe the Red Sox overpaid. Maybe they underpaid.

      Even the largest, most successful organizations in business have a point in which cost for a commodity has its limit—you can’t just operate carte blanche.

      • Angelo

        Well I was speaking very plainly on prospects. Of course every team wants bang for every buck they spend, so if the price is too high then I can understand the Yankees passing on him.

        However if the price is 6 million over the course of 5 or 6 years it cant hurt too bad. I was speaking more as a fan of the farm system more than anything. Either way I’ll be excited to see what happens with a lot of the Yankees lower level prospects. Nevertheless, they are still prospects, they wont always pan out, so if the Yankees think the pricing on this guy is too high then I havce faith in the Yankees brain trust that they made the right decision.

  • A.D.

    What type of level is he at/ would start at in the minors?

  • http://pendingpinstripes.net Greg F.

    That right fielder took an awful route to that ball.

    • Stryker

      hahahahaha yes he did. i was going to comment on that. just awful!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    This would be great. Jeter>>>>>>>Nomar in the 90’s and 2000’s. We could have Hechevarria>>>>>Igelesias for the 10’s.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Jeter, Nomar, and A-Rod of the 90s/2000s


      Hechevarria, Iglesias, and Sano (thanks to JobaWockeez comment below this) of the 2010s

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com JMK The Overshare

        Andy just wept at the sight of that name.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Seems like the Yanks like better than Miguel Sano.

    Go for it Cash.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona


      /Captain Kirk’d

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Get it done Cashman!!!

  • Cecala

    Cashman, Ger ‘er done


  • Accent Shallow

    Wow, those all-orange uniforms are hideous.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com JMK The Overshare

      Especiales Guantanamos!

      • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug


  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    They say he’s got first round talent. Go get it, Cash.

  • Hey ZZ

    Why would Cashman sign this kid for around 8 million when he could have spent that money of Damon!?!!!!!?? Do we even know if this kid can hit in the playoffs???

    Cashman. What an idito!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H


    • Tom Zig

      I don’t care that it’s off topic, I want to talk about why Cash hasn’t signed this guy yet!

      /you know who’d

  • Manimal

    I thought we have no money…

    • Tom Zig

      IFA budget is different from the domestic payroll budget.

      Unless my sarcasm meter is broken.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Pinstripe IFA IPA is a complicated flavor. Sometimes it’s smooth, but other times extremely bitter.

        • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com JMK The Overshare

          Often nutty, too.

          • Tom Zig

            Is it dark or light?

            • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

              the IFA IPA is mostly dark, so it has amazing natural flavor but it’s inconsistent and lazy.

              • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com JMK The Overshare

                IETC. It also cannot perform in the cold, so you’ll need a ninja coozy.

    • Esteban

      Major league and minor league budgets are usually separate, I believe

    • Cecala

      We have money, its just being spent more wisely. Theres no sense in overpaying for aging free agents anymore. The steroid age is over, players cant last into their late 30’s and still be as productive as they were 6 or 7 years ago. Yeah there are exceptions, but the general lifespan of a player has shortened by a few years as teams are going younger, more athletic. This is why you see many older guys still without a team this late in the offseason. Baseball has evolved.

      • Bonos

        Except for the core four. Their strength is tenfold because their hearts are pure. Forty year old SS will be the new vogue. Jeter has to pay off the forty room mansion he’s building.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      The Yankees have money, they saved a bunch when they switched the Maybach fleet over to Geico.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        I got some good news, and got some bad news. The bad news is; I’m shutting down the studio. The good news is; I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance.

        • W.W.J.M.D.


  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Knowing how much Axisa loves the international players, I bet, if the Yankees signed him, he would rank somewhere around 85 on Mike’s top 30 list.

    • camilo Gerardo

      in his defense, it is his list. you’re welcome axisa

  • GoatWizard

    Do we know if he has any intangibles?

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      I’m assuming, since he’s Latin, he has lots of instincts, lots of natural abilities, grew up playing with no shoes, used a coconut for a baseball and an actual piece of cowhide for a glove. Since he’s also Cuban, I assume he knows hot to roll a cigar and overhaul an engine on a ’57 Chevy.

      • Angelo


    • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

      No “intangibles”. Based strictly on geography I’d say has has “plenty of tools” and “loads of talent”, but he “doesn’t always play hard” and could “become lackadaisical in the field if he gets a big deal”.

      • Zack

        Don’t give him too big of a contract, he’ll get complacent. Of course there is nothing in his history to say he’ll get complacent.

        /the un-named scout

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  • Nickel

    Meh…runner was safe at first. Bust.

  • Yazman

    Even after a great stab, is it typical to take 7 strides before throwing the ball to first?

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  • John A. Ioannou

    Is there any new news on Adeiny Hechevarria?

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