Yoan Moncada, Hector Olivera, Jorge Hernandez and Yadier Alvarez are the biggest names the Dodgers have been linked to. Moncada and Olivera are infielders that have drawn the most interest from the team, while the other two are hard-throwing right-handers with not much of a market yet. The Dodgers hit it big with Yasiel Puig in terms of players from Cuba, and have seen an influx of new talent from the island sign big deals in the past couple years.
According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, there’s another Cuban infielder that the team might have interest in:
Andy Ibanez, second base, age 21
Teams interested: Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, D-backs, Brewers, Mariners, and Padres
Best fit: Yankees, Dodgers, Giants or Padres
Likely destination: Yankees, Dodgers, or Padres
Ibanez is ready to sign, but not much has been heard about him to this point. He was the youngest player on Cuba’s World Baseball Classic team in 2013. Sanchez notes that scouts have mentioned Howie Kendrick as one of the potential comparisons for the 21-year-old infielder. The Dodgers acquired Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this winter.
If signed, Ibanez is not expected to be ready to compete at the Major League level right away, which suits the Dodgers needs because of Kendrick in Los Angeles for at least one more year. Because of his age and lack of time in the Serie Nacional de Cuba, Ibanez would be subject to the international signing guidelines, like Moncada and Alvarez. If the Dodgers end up signing Moncada and/or Olivera, it would not appear that they would also go for Ibanez.
In the coming weeks, players should begin signing in order to be able to attend Spring Training and all the rumors will become news.
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