Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Dariel Alvarez's free agency
By Jason A. Churchill
Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig followed Yoenis Cespedes with strong debuts in Major League Baseball and Chicago Cubs prospect Jorge Soler is a top prospect moving his way through the farm system with big-time tools. The next in line appears to be Dariel Alvarez, a 24-year-old outfielder who is eligible to sign and is being scouted by a handful of clubs.
Among those are the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported last Thursday.
While there isn't a lot of information available on Alvarez, it's worth noting that clubs are not subject to the new international free agent bonus regulations, since Alvarez is at least 23 and has three or more years of professional experience. Since the initial reports, there hasn't been any further buzz on Alvarez or which clubs appear most likely to make a strong bid.