Stuck in Haiti: Omar Luis Rodriguez still waiting on visaBy
Via Ben Balder: Cuban left-hander Omar Luis Rodriguez is stuck in Haiti and has not yet been able to acquire a visa. The Yankees agreed to sign the 20-year-old for $4M this summer, their final big money international signing before the new spending restrictions took effect. The contract is pending a visa, as usual.
Balder notes that the delay is not surprising. He says Haitian documents are notoriously unreliable, and it’s also well-known that Rodriguez was living and working out in the Dominican Republic for several months. Players must submit either an unblocking license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control or two permanent residency documents to sign with a big league team. Hopefully this doesn’t drag out and Rodriguez isn’t stuck waiting 16 months like Rafael DePaula.