Cuban defect Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez could make his decision on what major league team he signs with very shortly according to his agent Jaime Torres.
Gonzalez is a 26-year-old pitcher who defected to Mexico City earlier this year and the Dodgers are one of the primary teams that have shown a great deal of interest in him.
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, a decision isn’t likely over the weekend, but most likely next week:
“I do not think it will happen this weekend,” Torres told ESPNdeportes.com. “But, fortunately, I hope to have an agreement for next week. While the more interested clubs are making their last internal consultations, we are working on the visa process that [Gonzalez] will need to come to the United States.”
The aspect that is working in the Dodgers favor is the fact that Torres represents another Cuban player, Yasiel Puig. Since the Guggenheim Group has taken over, the Dodgers have placed a premium on international signings.
Whoever does land Gonzalez could have him for the stretch run as he’ll only need a few starts at the minor league level before a team could call him up.
Other teams interested in Gonzalez include the Cubs, Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers and it’s believed he could get as much as five-years and $60 million.
It sounds like a resolution could happen very quickly as Gonzalez eyes an opportunity to help a major league team as soon as this season.