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.
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.
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.