DDC: Yankees have interest in Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell


Via Diario de Cuba (translated article): The Yankees have interest in Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell. They scouted him during a workout in February and more showcase events are planning for the coming weeks. Ken Rosenthal says MLB recently declared Carbonell a free agent after he established residency in Mexico, so he can sign at any time.

Carbonell, 23, is said to be a speedy switch-hitting center fielder with some power, according to Rosenthal. He hit .288/.378/.405 with two homers, six steals, ten walks, and eleven strikeouts in 127 plate appearances in Cuba last season before defecting. Here is the requisite over the top workout video. Because of MLB’s silly rules, Carbonell will be subject to the international spending restrictions if he doesn’t sign by July 2nd. Expect him to have a deal worked out before then.

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  1. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    I’m sure we’ll hear more about him in the coming weeks.

    I already like him simply based on his playing for my family’s home province.

  2. I'm One says:

    Sign him this year and have him ready for next season with the departure of Soriano and Ichiro, with Beltran moving more towards a FT DH. He and Almonte can act as 3rd & 4th OFers.

    • CountryClub says:

      I don’t know; not sure you can have 3 starting OFers with no power.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

        Our super-limited info says “some power,” whatever that means.

        • I'm One says:

          Yeah, limited power would be of some concern. Maybe it could be replaced at 3B. Or, perhaps if the right trade develops, Gardner or Almonte could be shipped out for someone with power. We certainly don’t know enough about this guy one way or another to determine how he might fit in long term.

          • Rick says:

            Yes, get rid of the OF who we are sure of what he is (Gardner) for the total unknown (Carbonell).

            • Jorge Steinbrenner says:

              Not really what he’s saying. He’s that, if you find yourself a player who winds up being THAT good, there’s always going to be a way to play him.

              • Rick says:

                Kind of exactly what he’s saying. The mere suggestion of trading Gardner in a thread citing a total unknown is silly. If I recall correctly as a casual reader of the comments section, he was also calling for the second base prospect that the Cardinals signed – and to sign him for $20M at that.

            • I'm One says:

              Where did I say “get rid of”? For the right trade peice, Gardner or Almonte (I did say both perviously) should be considered, not dumped. I also pointed out we didn’t yet know what Carbonell would be or how he would fit in long term. Please read carefully (or even somewhat).

              • Rick says:

                Funny. You suggest a trade of Gardner or Almonte for someone with power in the comments section of a post relating to the Yankees signing an OF with limited power. Then you say that’s not what you were suggesting and try to call out someone’s reading comprehension. Deep breaths, no need to get your panties in a twist.

                • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

                  He’s not wrong though. If you can trade the OF who we are sure of what he is for a 3B or SS who we are sure of what he is, it’s not a ludicrous idea to suggest, especially if Carbonell could be a more effective unknown than whatever unknown we’d have at 3B or SS. You act like he said trade Gardner for a bag of balls to make space for this outfielder.

                • Michahiro Pinaka says:

                  Sure you’re just not looking for an argument?

    • Common Sense says:

      Excellent strategy. The Yanks need some youth!

  3. CountryClub says:

    I’m all for adding talent, but what would they do with him? He’s probably close to being ready (if he’s not now) and they have Ellsbury and Gardner.

    Assuming other teams are interested, he’d have to take that into account when deciding where to sign.

  4. Chris Z. says:

    We’ve been down this road before many times. They will pass like they always do. I am at the point now where I don’t even care to hear that they have interest. Only if they signed him or not.

  5. TWTR says:

    Money remains their most abundant asset. Coupled with a need for an influx of young talent, the case for signing any player they have a conviction about is compelling. Depth yields options.

  6. Captain Sensible says:

    80′s Cardinals got it done. if he can hit, run, and field what’s the problem?

  7. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    We didn’t get Cespedes, Puig, Soler or Abreu, so we have to get this guy!

  8. Esteban says:

    Why that song for his workout video?

  9. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    He’s 23 and played 5 years in Cuba, why is he subjected to spending restrictions?

  10. Steve G says:

    Any idea of his splits? I only ask because I think he swung left-handed maybe twice in the whole video. Doesn’t seem like he’s going out of his way to showcase his left-handed swing.

  11. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    There is zero way this game gets played tonight, FWIW.

  12. SamVa says:

    His shoe tying tool is obviously pretty advanced– at least 60 grade
    (didn’t see any sign of bunny ears)

    Also, at around 1:42, the pitcher’s “He really hit that” expression tells me at least 70 power.

    We can DFA Beltran now. Clearly this guy is a better switch-hitting OFer.

    In all seriousness, he looks like he has a Jacoby Ellsbury arm.

  13. awy says:

    this guy isn’t in the league of puig/cespedes. should wait for Alfredo Despaigne

  14. mick taylor says:

    is despaigne as good as puig

  15. The Great Gonzo says:

    Nowhere near the amount of spandex or sand jumping from this guy. Pass


  16. zs190 says:

    I don’t know the MLE’s for Cuba but I would bet .288/.378/.405 would not translate particularly well. Something like Tony Gwynn Jr’s .244/.313/.318 seems about right. He’s 23 so maybe he can get better but right now he’s probably not a factor next year.

  17. Clipper says:

    Did Carbonell pay “Los Zetas” already? I Don’t think the Yankees want to sign another cuban whose head is in the chopping block.

    He followed the same escape path as Puig.

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