Jays to sign Hechavarria?

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos’ search for a long-term solution at shortstop may be nearing an end. On Sunday, a report indicated that Toronto was nearing a deal worth $10 million to sign Cuban shortstop Adeinis Hechavarria.

Citing an industry source, the New York Post reported that the 21-year-old Hechavarria has decided against signing with the Yankees, who are expected to sign Derek Jeter to an extension after this season. The reported deal would exceed the $8 million handed to Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias.

Since assuming the role of GM for the Jays at the end of last season, Anthopoulos has stressed the importance of international scouting. Earlier this spring, the rookie GM made a trip to the Dominican Republic, where it is believed that he spent time scouting players from Cuba.

After returning from the D.R., Anthopoulos would not confirm or deny interest in any Cuban players. The general manager has stuck to a policy of not commenting on negotiations or reports until moves are made official by the Blue Jays.

Hechavarria, who is considered to be a better offensive prospect than Iglesias, has been described as a 6-foot-1, 170-pound shortstop, resembling a young Alfonso Soriano. The Yankees reportedly believed Hechavarria could have made a switch to second base, but it appears he is intent on trying to reach the Majors as a shortstop.



Speaking of Cubans, there is a Juan Diaz playing first base for the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the independent Northern League that led the league in HR(29) RBI(90) and slugging (.598), while hitting .317 (6th in the league). Strangely enough, their catcher is named Brett Wallace.


10 million! Wow! Aggressive. I like it! I heard a lot of buzz about this guy in the offseason. He supposed to be better than Igelsias, as they played on the same team then moved Igelsias from SS to 2B to make room for him there. He will something to work with though in our system, and he would ideally fill a developmental need/void if we get him.

Hold off on the celebration till the deal is done.This might just be a way to get the big boys to up the ante.

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