Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/23/13
Given the success of recent Cuban defectors Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes (and our boy Jose Iglesias!), there is increased focus on Cuban-born players. The most recent player of interest, starting pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, has been pursued by seemingly every team in baseball, although the market is starting to focus a bit. The team rumored to be most aggressive on Gonzalez was the Dodgers, who were reportedly mulling a $50 million offer, but an MLB.com source says the team is not involved in the pursuit of Gonzalez at all. Meanwhile, MLBTradeRumors has collected the latest assorted bits on Gonzalez, including that he is expected to sign this week, and only five teams are in on him. Until we hear otherwise, we should assume the Red Sox remain interested. Gonzalez intrigues me. For one thing, the international free agency market seems to be a good way to use money these days, with free agency going bonkers (and fewer good players becoming free agents) and more restrictions hampering teams' ability to manipulate the draft. For another, he's 26 and could supposedly help right away. For a big-market team like Boston, if you could throw some money at Gonzalez and take a chance on him, doesn't that make more sense than dealing prospects to Chicago for the right to pay Jake Peavy way too much money for a year and a half? Of course, nothing is certain with players without MLB experience, so it's still a risk. $50 million sounds pretty insane to me, and the Dodgers are really the only team in baseball operating in that insane realm right now, what with the Yankees apparently trying to be more thrifty. I hope when we hear of Gonzalez's signing, we at least hear that the Red Sox were heavily involved, even if they don't land him. If it's just money, and not resources, every big-market team should remain aggressive.
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