WEEI reported that the Boston Red Sox are not close to signing Cuban pitcher Yuniesky Maya. This comes a day after rumors swirled around that the team was close to a deal. Maya is looking for a job in a major league rotation and the Sox may consider using him as a reliever.
ESPN's Jorge Arangure states that the Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, and possibly the Chicago Cubs will be the front runners to make a move on Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria. Arangure also says that Dominican shortstop Eduardo Salcedo is close to getting clearance to sign with any MLB team. Salcedo, while being represented by Scott Boras, was near a deal with the Cleveland Indians in 2008, but complications arose over his age. ESPN Insider
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves are interested in Salcedo. The Diamondbacks also signed 17-year old Dominican centerfielder Socrates Abrito. The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 17-year old Dominican Willy Garcia. Garcia played in the Dominican Prospect League this past winter. ESPN
Braves MLB beat writer Mark Bowman reports that the Atlanta Braves are close to signing Salcedo.
Hechevarria could be cleared to sign sometime in the next week. The New York Yankees are expected to make a run for him. NY Post
Chelsor Cuthbert, who signed with the Kansas City Royals last summer, is ready to go for his dream and prove he was well worth the signing bonus. Cardinals had little interest in the Cuthbert before he was signed. La Prensa
Former Cardinal and All-Star
Reggie Smith held a
baseball clinic in
Sid Monge (former Cardinals MiLB pitching
coach) is the pitching coach for Felix Fermin's Sultanes de
Monterrey in the Triple-A Mexican League. Monge is also the pitching coach
15 or so teams came out to scout
Cuban Leslie Anderson
in his workout in
The New York Yankees, Boston Red
Sox, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay
Rays, and Seattle Mariners are all teams to be rumored to
have interest in
The Texas Rangers were one of the
teams that scouted
Former Cardinal and New York Yankee bench coach Tony Pena would like to see Ben Jukich (Rule 5 Selection) make a return to Aguilas in the Dominican League next winter. Pena took over the team midseason and was asked to return as the manager for next winter. Aguilas Fan Site
Iker Franco (former
The Chicago Cubs signed 18-year old Korean right-hander Kim Jin-Yeong. True Stories of Korean Baseball
Armando Rios (Former
The Atlanta Braves signed 17-year old Italian shortstop Alejandro Sanchez. Marca
Jorge Sosa (
The Godo Knights of the Italian
Baseball League signed Gary Burnham (Former Memphis) to a contract for the 2010
season. Burnham spent the last couple years touring baseball leagues in
St. Louis Cardinals players affiliated with Aragua of the Venezuelan League are as follows: Ruben Alvarado (Former VSL), Javier Avendano (GCL), Deimer Bier (referred to as Dennis instead of Deimer, VSL), Moises Colorado (VSL), Omar Diaz (Former GCL), Eduardo Sanchez (Springfield), Jose Rada (Johnson City), Jorge Rondon (Quad Cities), Jesus Montero (VSL), Jose Garcia (Springfield), Hector Garcia (VSL), Jose Martinez (Memphis), Romulo Ruiz (Johnson City), Kleininger Teran (Johnson City), Domnit Bolivar (Quad Cities), and Frederick Parejo (Quad Cities). Comandante del Beisbol
Juan Gonzalez (Former MLB Spring Invite) made
his debut with Melao Melao de Vega Baja in the Double-A Puerto Rican
League. Now 40 and last having played in the majors in 2005, Gonzalez has
ruled out ever returning to professional ball in the
The Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox have interest in 17-year old Dominican Rafael DePaula. He is expected to throw for teams for the next couple weeks before signing. ESPN
The Colombian League held the
expansion draft for the two newest teams joining play for the winter 2010-11
season. Donovan Solano (
There may be some concern over the
amount of players making the jump from
Feb. 19: Mosquera started at second base and batted leadoff. 1-for-4 at the plate.
Feb. 20: Mosquera started at second base and batted leadoff. 0-for-3 at the plate.
Feb. 21: Mosquera started at second base and batted leadoff. 0-for-2 with one run.
Cuban right-handed pitcher Juan Yasser Serrano continues to work out for teams, looking for a contract for the 2010 season. Scouts from the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, and Detroit Tigers have come to watch him. Terreno de Pelotta
Cuban first baseman Jose Julio Ruiz will have a private workout for the Toronto Blue Jays. Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra worked out for the Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants. Cuban Felix Perez earned great reviews from scouts while working out at the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs Dominican complex. Cuban Ball Players
(Former DSL), has played in one game going 2-for-2 at the plate as of Feb.
15. Montiel plays for
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