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Dodgers Are “In Mix” For Cuban Prospect Eddy Julio Martinez

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It seems as if the Los Angeles Dodgers are linked to a different Cuban prospect each and every week.

Since the signing and emergence of Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers have been aggressive in the Cuban market, maybe to a fault. While Puig and now Alex Guerrero have contributed to the big-league club, Erisbel Arruebarrena was just suspended for the 2015 season for failing to comply with his contract. The team is waiting for Hector Olivera and Pablo Fernandez to be ready to help the team as well. They were linked to Yoan Moncada and Yoan Lopez, but appeared to be saving their international spending money for the next signing period beginning on July 2.

According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Dodgers are linked to yet another Cuban that will likely sign in this next signing period:

Martinez has drawn a comparison to a former Dodger, although not at the point the Dodgers signed him:

Jones was signed by the Dodgers to a two-year deal worth $36 million and was released after a season in which he hit just .158 in 75 games. This isn’t the correct comparison however, as Jones was one of the best center fielders in the game when he was with the Atlanta Braves and finished his career with 434 home runs.

It’s been rumored that the Dodgers already have a deal in place with Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez, and they are expected to spend more money because they will face restrictions after exceeding the spending cap.

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Written by Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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