Cuba’s Carbonell weighing offers from five teams
Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell is free to sign with a Major League club, but is waiting on the right deal before he commits, according to an industry source.
Carbonell, 23, is said to be weighing contract offers from five different teams with terms that vary in length from five to seven years. The outfielder is seeking a four-year deal, the source said. He is currently working out in Merida, Mexico.
On Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the Yankees and Mariners are the finalists to sign the switch-hitting outfielder. However, Seattle and New York are not believed to be among the teams to make the player a formal offer.
The Braves, Red Sox, and White Sox were among the first teams to show interest in outfielder earlier in the year, but the teams are not among the favorites to sign him. The Dodgers are also not among the finalists.
Considered a five-tool player by some scouts, the 6-ft-3, 220-pound outfielder is known for his speed and power. He played four seasons for Camaguey in Cuba’s Serie Nacional before defecting from Cuba last winter, but will need to sign by July 2 or he will be subjected to the international signing guidelines established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Starting in July, Cuban players must be at least 23 years old and have played at least five seasons in a Cuban professional league to be exempt from the international signing guidelines.
Carbonell‘s contract would count against a team’s allotted bonus pool for next year’s international signing period if he does not sign by July 2.