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New York Yankees Interested in Cuban Outfielder Daniel Carbonell

May 1st, 2014 at 5:50 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees have missed the boat on some of the recent Cuban-born stars to enter Major League Baseball and appear ready to make up for those misses by signing the next big name coming down the 'pike.

According to Diario de Cuba, New York is just one of the organizations in the MLB looking at Daniel Carbonell, 23, who is a switch-hitting outfielder with speed and some power, as well as a strong arm on defense.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Carbonell has already been declared a free agent by the MLB after establishing residency in Mexico following his defection from Cuba, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

Other standouts such as Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland Athletics, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and now Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox in 2014 have taken the league by storm, so it's natural the Yanks and other teams are going to start taking a harder look at these players now and in the future.

New York is no stranger to having success with Cuban-born players as Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez was an integral part to the Yanks' championship runs in the 1990's.

In 127 plate appearances in Cuba last year before defecting, Carbonell hit .288/.378/.405 with two homers, six steals and 10 walks.

Tags: Baseball, Chicago White Sox, Cuba, Daniel Carbonell, El Duque, Jose Abreu, Los Angeles Dodgers, major league baseball, Mexico, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes

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