Report: Cubs Among the Teams Interested in RHP Dalier Hinojosa

According to a report from Jesse Sanchez, the Cubs are one of four teams that are known to have expressed interest in right-handed pitcher, Dalier Hinojosa.

Dalier Hinojosa defected from Cuba in February and “began petitioning Major League Baseball to become a free agent last month” according to the report. Hinojosa still has to be cleared by the U.S. government before he can agree to a deal with a Major League team.

Jesse Sanchez also reported that Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, another Cuban right-handed pitcher the Cubs have shown interest in, was declared a free agent last week. Gonzalez is scheduled to throw three innings for Mexico’s Toros de Tijuana as part of his showcase for scouts on Thursday.

Dalier Hinojosa

Hinojosa is 27 years old, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. Hinojosa throws a fastball in the low-to-mid-90s, a slider, a curve, a two-seam fastball and a changeup.

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Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

The Cubs interest in Gonzalez was reported earlier this month. The 26-year old Gonzalez throws his fastball in the mid-90s and features a changeup, a forkball and a curveball.

Hinojosa and Gonzalez were teammates in the 2011 Baseball World Cup.

Both Dalier Hinojosa and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez would be free agents and not subject to international signing guidelines.

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  • Dorasaga

    The 2011 IBAF World Cup was the 39th and the last. So much happened in int’l baseball the past three years. With a blink of my eyes, two more lesser-knwon Cubans defected without notice.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Gotta love a guy that throws a forkball! Especially as one of four effective pitches. Shoot, sign them both up. We need near ready pitching.

    • paulcatanese

      Gotta wake up before I read these posts. Thought you wrote you like a guy that throws a
      “football” as one of four effective pitches.
      Eyes were still half shut and was thinking they took a football player:)

      • jtrain23

        I think we already have a few guys in the bullpen that throw a football…or at least hitters make contact as if they were throwing a ball the size of a football.

  • paulcatanese

    When are the Cubs going to go after someone that
    defects from the South Side of Chicago, under the lights of a certain team?

    • raymondrobertkoenig

      Sox don’t have much worth wanting and what they do have probably isn’t available.

  • 07GreyDigger

    I think its great that they scout international talent, but I’ve learned to temper my interest because I know I probably won’t see these guys for a couple of years, if at all.

    • paulcatanese

      I don’t mind who they sign and from where, but what I don’t understand is if the Cubs are supposed to have a “youth movement” why are they going after people who are 27 years old, if they are?
      that’s on one hand, on the other, they keep talking about moving Garza, and that he doesn’t fit into future plans, isn’t he around 27-28 ?
      And E. Jackson how old is he?
      Post meant for my information and not a criticism .

      • 07GreyDigger

        No criticism taken Paul. Garza is going to 30 in the offseason and Edwin Jackson when signed was 29.

        I think by “youth movement” they just mean they want to be smarter about signing free agents. Since steroids is not as rampant, older players are bigger risks to sign long term. (see Pujols, Hamilton). You don’t want to pay big money for guys who are 32 or 33 and watch your money go to waste as they decline. Pay for future performance not for past.

        • Ray Ray

          Any pitcher signed for 4 years is a risk no matter if they are 27 or 32.

          • 07GreyDigger

            True. But I’d rather risk big money on a guy that’s 27 than a guy that’s 32. 32 and up guys have more mileage, more suspectable to injury and more likely to decline skills wise. I don’t want to be paying a guy who’s 36 and has lost 4mph on his fastball and is getting hit hard, $20 million you know?

          • Ray Ray

            I don’t know about that. Look at Cole Hammel,David Price and Matt Cain this year as an example. Pitching is risky in the late 20′s too.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Difference in opinion I guess. I’d rather have Matt Cain over a Roy Halladay who’s broken down finally and lost his effectiveness towards the end of his deal over a momentary blip with Cain. (Cain is 5-1 with a mid 3 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP since May.

      • SomeGuy27

        I think “youth movement” has to be redefined when it comes to pitching, primarily for guys you think of as starters. Most pitchers in my experience really don’t learn how to pitch until they are around 26-27. I think it’s around that age that guys figure out what they are as a pitcher; little things like taking a mile or two off their fastball, saving the splitter until the second time thru the order, etc…

        That’s not to say guys don’t come up and contribute earlier, it’s just that you don’t really see consistency until that age. As far as Garza goes, it’s about money. He’s learned how to pitch by now and will get a big payday. The question will be is his spot in the rotation when the Cubs are ready to contend going to be better served by him at $XXX millions or by someone else has just learned how to pitch but at a lower cost.

        • TheWrongGuy

          I think with what has been said in the media recently about Sveum, Garza, W. Castillo, and Navarro. Garza may be traded. IMO I would like to see him stay as a CUB. But I think with recent non-hitting line-up we have. Garza might be our best option for a solid return in prospects. If the CUBS FO are as committed as previously stated about W. Castillo as the starting catcher. Garza could be the odd man out. This is of course just IMHO.

          I like the idea of signing one or BOTH these Cuban defectors.

          That’s my 2 cents.

          • Ray Ray

            I agree. I think Garza is a goner. He won’t sign some team friendly contract because he knows he will be one of the best FA starters in baseball this offseason. I just hope they can get back several prospects for him. Someone mentioned Garza again for Mike Olt with the Rangers. Olt has been absolutely terrible in AAA. I hope they don’t go there. Theo and Jed held the cards too long with Garza I’m afraid. They almost have to trade him this year or all they will get for him is a draft pick because another team will offer more than the Cubs would be willing to go. IMO

          • 07GreyDigger

            I’d take Garza for Olt to be honest, but only with other prospects to be involved.

            I’m not sure how the FO held the cards on Garza. How were they going to trade him when he was injured?

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I wonder what offers were on the table last year for Garza before he got hurt? Tough to say they held out too long without knowing. Also, if we had traded him and then he’d been out for the remainder of the season that could have made us look really bad, and some teams might choose to deal with us only as a last resort. Even if you had no idea he was hurt when you trade a guy, if he goes down a week later with a season-ender, it’s human nature to speculate what the trading team may have known in advance.

          • Ray Ray

            they could have tried to deal him earlier in the year last year.(obviously before he got hurt and shut down) His last start last year was on 7/21. Something could have gotten done before that but you roll the dice and sometimes you lose.

          • TheWrongGuy

            The only way now to improve the return in a Garza trade would be to sign him to a more manageable trader friendly contract. Think Paul Maholm type of contract, a one or two year deal with an option bonus year and a buy-out club option. I see this possible only if Garza is willing to listen to an offer like this due to his recent run-in with trying to stay healthy.

            Just another thought.

            That’s my 2 cents.

          • TheWrongGuy

            The only way now to improve the return in a Garza trade would be to sign him to a more manageable trader friendly contract. Think Paul Maholm type of contract, a one or two year deal with an option bonus year and a buy-out club option. I see this possible only if Garza is willing to listen to an offer like this due to his recent run-in with trying to stay healthy.

            Just another thought.

            That’s my 2 cents.

          • Ray Ray

            The problem is that if you are Matt Garza and you will be one of the prize FA this offseason…..why would he sign a team friendly contract now? Put yourself in his shoes. This is his opportunity to cash in like Anibal Sanchez and EJAX did last year.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I understand AND agree. But teams are gonna question his health concerns. And that will be the ONLY leverage the CUBS might have to signing him. That is why I mentioned it as well as being the reason he is not wearing another teams uniform NOW.

            That’s my 2 cents.

          • Ray Ray

            I understand what you are saying as well.

            That could happen if he has another setback this year. If he stays healthy all year this year….I am sure some team will pony up.

          • Ray Ray

            Mike Olt with AAA Round Rock.

            151 PA .182 AVG 6 HR’s with 50 K’s.

            I hope he is no longer a thought.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I’m with you Ray. Unless he’s just an extra chip, there’s no way you trade straight up for those stats. Unless they know something we don’t, which I suppose is possible, if not probable.

          • Ray Ray

            He has had vision problems. They can’t seem to figure out what is wrong with him. He has been cleared to play but he has not been the same player this year and now with the Cubs having more options soon for 3B….I would look elsewhere.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I wasn’t saying straight up, but it’s not too long ago that he was one of the top prospects in the game.

            Remember Chris Davis who had similar struggles and now leads the majors in HRs?

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        In pitching terms 27-29 isn’t that old. These guys could be starters for another 5 years and bullpen for another 5 after that. Especially these Caribbean players. They seem to have longevity figured out. Maybe mojitos, jerk chicken and conch meat have some sort of medicinal value?

      • Ray Ray

        And Shark is only 1 year younger than Garza.