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MLB Contract In Former Cuban’s Future

MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez writes that Cuban defector Dariel Alvarez has been cleared by the Commissioner’s Office to start negotiating with major league teams and to sign a contract.

Alvarez’s fellow Cuban defector, Aledmys Diaz, is apparently not eligible at this point in time.

He has actually been cleared to sign for several months, but the process has been slowed by a change in agents. Diaz, according to a separate tweet from Sanchez, will not be eligible for free agency until next February.

According to Sanchez, the Dodgers, Red Sox, Rangers, Mariners, Royals, Yankees, Diamondbacks and Padres were some of the teams who attended an Alvarez workout in Fort Lauderdale recently.

Alvarez has a strong gun and can play all three outfield slots equally well.  At 24 years of age, Alvarez will not be subject to the international signing limitations.  That means teams will be able to bid as high as they want to acquire Alvarez’s services.

The Cardinals and Twins are also reportedly interested in Alvarez.