DDC: Yankees have interest in Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell

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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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  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    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.

  • I’m One

    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

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

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

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

        • I’m One

          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

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

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              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

                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

              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

                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

                  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

                  Sure you’re just not looking for an argument?

    • Common Sense

      Excellent strategy. The Yanks need some youth!

  • CountryClub

    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.

  • Chris Z.

    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.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Who pitched on Sunday?

      • I’m One

        That guy that they signed.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          They will pass on guys from odd-numbered provinces in Cuba born in the wintertime like they always do.

  • TWTR

    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.

    • I’m One


  • Captain Sensible

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

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

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

    • I’m One

      …. Or Cashman failed! (Someone had to do it.)

    • ALZ


      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Don’t forget Adonis Garcia

        • The Great Gonzo

          Jorge Vazquez, but not from Cuba.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner


            Also, Omar F’ing Luis.

    • Common Sense

      Right on!

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      Whats the scouting report on his cardboard box jumping ability?

      • Preston

        He sucks, he did zero box jumps in his video.

  • Esteban

    Why that song for his workout video?

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

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

  • Steve G

    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.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

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

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Doubleheader tomorrow! More rotation problems!

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Wayne makes loud noises!

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Double header tomorrow, or is that a long shot given the skies?

      If we end up skipping Phelps’ start and a DH is scheduled for later in the season, I will have no complaints.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        High of 70 tomorrow (!!), with showers diminishing.

  • SamVa

    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.

  • awy

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

  • mick taylor

    is despaigne as good as puig

  • The Great Gonzo

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


  • zs190

    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.

  • Clipper

    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.