Report: Cubs One of Seven Teams to Express Heavy Interest in Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

According to a report from Jesse Sanchez, the Cubs are one of seven teams that has expressed “serious interest in Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez” and are believed to have been watching him throw bullpens in Mexico since April.

The 26-year old right hander fled Cuba earlier in the year and has been throwing bullpen sessions twice a week for scouts in Mexico. Jesse Sanchez reported that Gonzalez is expected to face hitters this week.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is a 6-foot-3, 26-year old right hander that throws a fastball in the mid-90s, a changeup, a forkball and a curveball.

Gonzalez is not able to sign with a team yet. According to Jesse Sanchez, Gonzalez will have a showcase once he is eligible to sign with a team. Gonzalez still has to be cleared by the U.S. government and the unblocking process could be resolved immediately, as Sanchez reported, or last several months. Gonzalez filed his paperwork in February.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez would be a free agent and not subject to the international signing guidelines.

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  • triple

    Might as well spend the farm on him! Seriously.

  • K_Gripp

    Its frustrating to see that Darvish, Cespedes, and Puig are all impact
    players at the MLB level. Meanwhile the cubs spend $6 on Gerardo
    Concepcion who isnt even considered a prospect and our top international
    signing is toiling in A ball a few years away from an MLB debut. I’d
    like to finish first in the bidding for one of these MLB ready impact
    players, if thats what he is

    • Theboardrider

      Agreed. But I don’t cry to much over the guys we didn’t get. Concepcion was unfortunate but who really knows, with the exception of Darvish.

      Puig sure would look good batting clean-up right now. Rizzo would be getting a lot better looks.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Do we know Concepcion is a bust? Maybe in a few years he figures it all out. Maybe he doesn’t. Don’t know yet. Can’t judge. That’s the “fun” of minor league ball.

      • calicub

        This year will be a big year for Conception.

        we can’t forget he missed considerable time last season due to Mono? (or was it flu??) last year. Couple that with the fact that everyoe adjusts at a differentlyto a new country and new money and its understndable last year wasn’t great.

        I know its not an excuse, but for someone so far from making the Majors, I have no problem waiting it out. Plus, it was said he was the stepping stone to soler. If thats the case, heres to hoping Soler performs enough for te both of them

      • K_Gripp

        Considering he has a 7.00 ERA and 1.91 Whip, topped out in the Mid 80′ s and hasnt thrown a pitch this season I would put him in the bust category unless he proves otherwise. I read on scout’s review of him was that he wouldnt stand out as a prospect playing JUCO ball. He is a waste of 6 million.

    • Ray Ray

      Throw Ryu’s name in that as well. He would have made much more sense than EJAX. A young lefty who could be a major piece to the staff moving forward.

      • calicub

        Te problem is, then and into the future is that the Dodgers farm is so weak they are abslutely certain to be huge spenders on the international market.

        They out bid the next hightest team for Ryu by something like $7mm, and obviously beat out everyone on Puig. I’m sure they would have done so for Yu as weell but the new ownership haadn’t yet taken over

        • K_Gripp

          Yeah, and we got outbid by the A’s on Cespedes. Cespedes and Darvish were as close to “cant miss” MLB ready players as you can get and we were the bridesmaids for both of those bids. I can understand not getting Puig because, the dodgers, and the uncertainty.

          • John_CC

            There was a ton of uncertainty with Cespedes. To call him a “can’t miss” with 20/20 hindsight is very misleading.

          • K_Gripp

            He never went to the minor leagues. So he was good enough initially to be given the keys to start in the outfield for a major league team that won its division. I dont think there were too many people who were low on Cespedes.

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