The latest foreign player to sign with a Major League Baseball team picked up a huge paycheck with one of the richest franchises in league history. Defectors usually draw a decent amount of interest from teams from the very start.
According to MLBlogs.com, Cuban catcher Yenier Bello has been cleared by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC for short) and can sign with any Major League team he pleases.
The Chicago White Sox were one of the teams who recently signed a Cuban born player as they were able to pick up first baseman Jose Abreu. Abreu signed for six years, $68 million to play on the South Side of beautiful Chicago. Now a fellow native, Yenier Bello could possibly land in Chicago also but with the team from the North Side.
Bello has already drawn some interest from the Chicago Cubs. They lost catcher Dioner Navarro to the Toronto Blue Jays after he had a career year, so they’re looking to add some depth at the position. Welington Castillo will be the man starting behind the plate for the Cubs.
The Toronto Blue Jays were also said to be interested in Bello but will more than likely use Navarro as their starter. No sense in giving him the money they did and him not start after the year he had with the Cubs.
Los Angeles Dodgers are another team who have been linked to Bello. Right now A.J. Ellis, Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera are holding it down behind the plate for the 2013 National League West Division Champions.
Right now it looks like Chicago would be a solid fit with Castillo and George Kottaras behind the plate. Bello was able to drive in nearly 300 RBI’s over the last five years. Pretty ridiculous for a catcher these days.