Right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, likely to be the next big thing from Cuba, drew a huge crowd of major-league executives at his showcase Thursday night in Tijuana, Mexico.
“The world was there to see him,” one executive said. “A million teams were in there.”
The Red Sox’s Ben Cherington was the only general manager to attend the showcase, while other clubs were represented by assistant GMs and scouting directors, major-league sources said.
Gonzalez, 26, missed most of the last two seasons while serving a suspension for attempting to defect, according to the Los Angeles Times. However, he made a strong impression while performing in game-like conditions in Tijuana, sources said.
Major League Baseball will declare Gonzalez a free agent once he receives clearance from the U.S. Treasury Department. He is not subject to the limits on international spending due to his age and the number of years he performed in Cuba’s top league.
In other words, he will be available to the highest bidder.
— Ken Rosenthal