Update: Yanks to sign Cuban left-hander Omar Luis Rodriguez for $4M

Wednesday Night Open Thread
Report: Yasel Puig defects from Cuba

8:03pm: Via Ben Badler, it’s a $4M bonus and Rodriguez needs to secure a visa before the deal can become official. Make sure you click the link, Badler provides plenty of background and scouting info.

2:31pm: Via Jesse Sanchez, the Yankees will sign 18-year-old Cuban left-hander Omar Luis Rodriguez for a bonus in the $4-5M range. It is a minor league contract. He became a free agent earlier this month and would have been subject to the spending restrictions implemented by the Collective Bargaining Agreement had he not signed by July 2nd.

Rodriguez first garnered serious attention at the World Junior Championships back in 2010, when he threw a complete game shutout against Team USA in the title game. He did get hit around while pitching in one of Cuba’s professional leagues as a 16-year-old a few years ago, but that’s not terribly surprising. Rodriguez is a projection guy with an 88-92 mph fastball to go with a curveball and changeup that still need development, and he’s drawn raves for his poise in the past. Pretty much exactly what the Yankees look for.

Wednesday Night Open Thread
Report: Yasel Puig defects from Cuba
  • Danny

    How does he compare to Geraldo Concepion ? Sounds like less polished but better stuff, does it sound that way to everyone else ?

  • crawdaddy

    What makes you think he’s less polished?

  • Greg

    he gets top half of the first round money, and he’s probably not that. Just goes to show what happens in the free market.

  • All Praise Be To Mo

    ManBan pt. 2?

    • Cris Pengiucci

      The next Andy Pettitte (but Cuban)?

      • Gonzo

        I guess it depends on height. If he’s tall, we’ll slap a Andy label on him. If he’s short, Manny it is.

  • UncleArgyle

    “the Yankees will sign 18-year-old Cuban left-hander Omar Luis Rodriguez….who’s real name is Sergio Alfonso and is 25 years old”

    • JonS

      Nah, he’s not Dominican. Lol

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        See: Orlando Hernandez, Jose Contreras

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Those were their real names, though.

          • JohnnyC

            I bet you Argyle thinks Brian Cashman goes by his real name.

        • Ted Nelson

          Those guys had such terrible careers and all…

  • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

    Can anyone comment on how Cuba’s top professional league would compare to our minor leagues?

    • Bo Knows

      somewhere around High A

      • Mikhel

        More like AAAA, they can beat the… hell… out of everyone in the world championships (even the US, Dominicana, Venezuela and Japan).

        Since there are no professional leagues nor players, they can still compete in international tournaments.

        Good thing for the US that Cuba has always been slotted far from the USA in the WBC, if the US has had lots of troubles defeating México (who has an excellent crop of talent), with more reason Cuba.

        You can see lots of Cuban players tearing the ball appart in the winter leagues (México, Dominicana, Puerto Rico, Venezuela) where top prospects of the US fail most of the time.

  • DERP

    Yes, but does he have an awesome workout video?

  • JohnC

    Now lets get Puig!

  • Rich in NJ

    Stockpiling pitching to be able to trade for hitting as the present group ages…

    • Ted Nelson

      No conspiracy theory needed. They saw a kid they wanted, made him an offer, and he took it. Signing an 18 year old P bc you’re worried about the age of your MLB hitters would be baseball chaos theory.

  • Brian Cashman is Watching

    Only 12 days left before the IFA caps begin, so stockpiling is good. What ever happened to the young South Korean second baseman that the Yankees were close to signing (I can’t find the post on him, but I read it on RAB)?

    • JMK

      I don’t remember hearing about that. Do you mean the Taiwanese shortstop, Tzu Wei Lin?


      • Brian Cashman is Watching

        That’s him, thanks. Looks like he’s going to the Red Sox pursuant to MLBTraderumors.

      • Fernando

        Well, they will have a South Korean 2b. 5th round pick Robert Refsnyder, who was born in South Korea, is expected to sign after the CWS.

    • BK2ATL

      It was a 16 yo SS, and Boston signed him.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

    what kind of size does this kid have?

    • RI$P FTW


  • http://none Bernard

    MLB.com is reporting that Rodriguez has a birth date of 1/1/1992. I hope he’s not an undersized pitcher. Any vital statistics on the guy?

  • Mike Myers

    Better investment 4.5MM for him or a LOOGY?

  • Mike Myers

    Is it early to ask where he would be on the yanks top 30 list?

  • 28 this year

    If the visa needs to be secured before it becomes official, does that mean if the visa is delayed to like July 2nd, does the deal not work anymore?

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I hope they get Puig just so I can hear Sterling say

    ” It is gone! Yasiel is like a Puig in shit after that home run”

  • DM

    He reminds me of a young Eny Cabreja.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He reminds me of Euzebio Barriga, but with better ability to pull the ball.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    1/1 birthday? If he weren’t cuban, i’d be cool with that. but sounds fishy