Yankees eyeing two more Cuban defectors


By now you know all about outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, but he’s not the only Cuban defector on the market. According to Jesse Sanchez and George King, the Yankees also have their eyes on 19-year-old outfielder Jorge Soler and 23-year-old right-hander Armando Rivero.

Soler, a big boy at 6-foot-4 and 225 lbs., is said to be a corner outfielder with “explosive power” and a strong arm according to Baseball America (no subs. req’d). Rivero, who stands 6-foot-3, reportedly features a fastball that touched 98 during the showcase as well as a slider, changeup, and splitter. Neither player was part of Cuba’s team in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Both guys strutted their stuff in a showcase at the Yankees’ complex in the Dominican Republic last week.

Categories : Asides, Hot Stove League


  1. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Constanza’s hard work is finally paying off.

  2. Will says:

    Stock up the farm Cash! I’m still kinda pissed that we didn’t sign any of the top Latin American FA this past summer. More particularly that Mexican pitcher Osuna that the Blue Jays signed. This would definitely make up for it. Cespedes is the only one who I’ve seen but it’d be nice for the Yanks to pick up one or two of these guys. They seem highly coveted and its probably for a reason.

  3. Will (the other one) says:

    Get ‘em all in before the new IFA rules take effect…ask questions later.

    • Dave203 says:

      agree completely… no harm to a minor league contract and need to get them signed before the dumb IFA rules kick in…

      Re this IFA crap… It’s pretty lame that just because other teams don’t have good latin or foreign scouting programs, the teams that do need to suffer…

      • Ted Nelson says:

        Any cap on spending should actually benefit teams with better scouting departments. Value (talent per $) will be at a premium. It doesn’t take a good scouting department to identify and throw money at the top IFAs. Everyone knows who most of those guys are (not to say that some of them aren’t still good values and that there’s not scouting involved in deciding their value). If all teams have the same dollars to spend, the best front offices should be the ones that get the best return.

  4. William says:

    Cespedes is probably going to the Jays. They have lots of money to spend, and I have to admit their front office in baseball is the best besides the Rays.

  5. Jamey says:

    Never bad to have these guys around by chance you need a throw-in player to make a deal happen either.

  6. IB6 UB9 says:

    Cespedes and Soler would make Swisher trade bait in July and Rivero would take Brackman’s spot in the 3 amigos.

    Can’t wait.

  7. JonS says:

    just get ‘em all!!! It can’t hurt

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