Since the Dodgers were sold to the Guggenheim group, president Stan Kasten has placed a huge priority in signing international prospects, which is evident after the signings of Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The latest Cuban import is pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who has thrown for scouts in Mexico City and attracted the attention of the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers.
However, just like they’ve shown in the past, the Dodgers sound like they’re jumping into the sweepstakes after sending three scouts to Mexico according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com:
“More scouts are due in Tijuana, Mexico on Friday to watch Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a 26-year-old right-hander who is expected to sign soon. The word in the scouting community is that he could command as much as $60 million over five years.”
Gonzalez is 26 years old and with the recent success their international prospects have had this season. With starters Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano leaving the team after this season, they could use some pitching depth at the back end of the rotation.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Dodgers do outbid the other teams as the Rangers, Cubs and Red Sox have shown a tendency to bid high on international prospects.