Mets continue to stay out of the Cuban Market, as the San Diego Padres sign Cuban Defector Osvaldo Hernandez. The Left Handed 18-year old pitcher was signed to a 2.5 million dollar bonus.
C’mon Mets, get into the game…
So this is news.
The Mets, who don’t generally sign young amateur Cubans are interested in signing Osvaldo Hernandez, an 18 year old Cuban Defector, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The Mets have never signed an amateur Cuban.
Cuban LHP Osvaldo Hernandez, 18, declared FA & can sign. He's 92-94 mph. List of teams interested include SD, CIN, HOU, NYM, ATL, TEX, BOS.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) February 11, 2017
Despite America and Cuba normalizing ties, Cuban players still have to leave the Island, set up residence in another country (most often the Dominican Republic) and get vetted and cleared by Major League Baseball in order to sign. International free agents in the 16 to 23 year old age range count against the team’s signing pool, which started out at 2,138,200 but has dwindled down after several signings in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela over the summer. Should they go over their pool by 30%, they have to pay a 100% tax and cannot sign any players for the 2018 and 2019 bonus period for more than 300,000 (which is not much when buying International Free Agent Talent).
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement put into place, the signing pool has turned into a minimum of 4.75 million dollars that is a hard cap. Teams interested in signing him may wait until the next July Signing Period.
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I will update with more info on the player as it comes in.