It isn’t the more desirable Cuban right hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, but the Cleveland Indians have agreed to terms with Leandro Linares. The Indians and Linares’ deal includes $950,0oo signing bonus. Also a Cuban right hander, Linares is younger than Gonzalez at 19 years old.
Linares, 19, has been one of the top pitching prospects on the international market who is subject to the international bonus pools. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Linares pitches at 89-93 mph and tops out at 94. He has loose wrists and throws a 73-76 mph curveball that flashes as a plus pitch with good depth and helps him miss bats, although it can get loopy at times. He also mixes in a changeup that’s average at times and throws a fourth pitch that scouts have described as either a cutter or slider.
Linares age and lack of professional experience means the signing bonus will come out of the Indians’ international bonus pool.
From MLB Trade Rumors:
Because Linares is younger than 23 and hasn’t played in a Cuban professional league for at least three years, his signing comes out of the Indians’ international bonus pool. Cleveland began the 2013-14 signing period with a pool of $3.64MM and has previously signed Dominican shortstop Willy Castro for $850K and outfielder Junior Soto for $600K.