Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who was cleared by the United States government to become a free agent earlier this week, could sign within the upcoming week.
Gonzalez threw in front of a group of 45 or so scouts from across the league last month. The Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, and Angels have all shown significant interest in Gonzalez. He is a valuable commodity because he has the ability to help a team in the postseason stretch run, or can be used as a building block for the future on a non-contending team. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the bidding for Gonzalez could reach 60 million over 5 years.
Gonzalez will try to match the success of the Cuban-born players who have come before him, including the recent successes of Yasiel Puig, Aroldis Chapman, and 2013 home run derby winner Yoenis Cespedes.
Gonzalez, who stands at 6’3″, can reach the mid to high 90′s on his fastball. The righty also features a curveball, a cut fastball, and a changeup that all have the potential to be above average pitches at the MLB level. Scouts have said that he has the potential to impact a team nearly immediately, after just a short stint in the minors. Although he’s been mostly a starter throughout his career in Cuba, he could be utilized out of the bullpen if needed, like Aroldis Chapman,