CBS Sports is reporting that the Red Sox are one of the teams scouting Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.
Call it the “Puig effect”.
The Dodgers seem to have scored big when they signed Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig for $42 million, so it’s no surprise they are in on Gonzalez as well.
However, the Red Sox have sent eight, count ‘em, eight scouts to evaluate Gonzalez Friday in Mexico. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was the only GM in baseball to witness Gonzalez's showcase first hand last week.
"He's a real talent," one scout told CBS’ Scott Miller. “His stuff is top shelf. He threw it over the plate, and he can make it move. He's really good.”
Gonzalez threw his fastball mostly at 94-95 mph.
The 26 year-old is surely an interesting target for the Red Sox. Gonzalez has over three years of professional experience in Cuba which makes him a true international free agent. What does that mean? It will be costly to sign him.