With the Dodgers already enjoying the fruits of their last foray into Cuba with the amazing first month of Yasiel Puig, they are said to be heavily interested in the next big thing to come out of Cuba. The Dodgers were one of several teams in Tijuana on Friday to watch Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez at his second showcase.
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported that "The Dodgers are said to badly want Gonzalez," but that they are not alone in pursuit of the 26-year-old right-handed pitcher. Knobler noted that the Cubs and Red Sox have shown heavy interest as well.
There is still video available of Gonzalez's performance on the Tijuana Toros' website.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported on June 21 that at Gonzalez's first showcase, a week ago, the Dodgers sent three of their top scouts to watch: Bob Engle, the Dodgers vice president of international scouting; Rick Ragazzo, vice president of pro scouting; and Latin American scouting coordinator Mike Tosar.
Knobler talked to scouts who estimated Gonzalez could command as much as $60 million over five years. Gonzalez was told by the U.S. government that his application was received and in process, meaning he could be cleared by the U.S. Treasury and eligible to sign within a week, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.
Because Gonzalez is over 23 years old and has at least three years of experience in a Cuban professional league, his signing would not be subject to the international spending cap.