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Atlanta Braves Interested in Signing Cuban Defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

July 18th, 2013 at 8:59 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves are among seven teams showing interest in signing Cuban defector pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, mlb.com reports.

The 26-year-old right-hander is has garnered serious interest from the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. The Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays have also jumped into the mix more recently. The price tag has been estimated as high as five years and $60 million.

Gonzalez defected from Cuba this year, going to El Salvador before working out for a month in Mexico City and landing in Tijuana. He has been throwing bullpen sessions for scouts twice a week and has thrown in showcase games for the Tijuana Toros.

Gonzalez secured an unblocking license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Monday, which allows him to sign with a big league team. He was granted free agency last month.

The showcases Gonzalez has thrown have been vital for scouts getting a read on him. Though he throws in the mid-90s along with a changeup, curveball and forkball, he has been suspended from Cuba's national team for the last two years for attempting to defect.

 

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