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.