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New York Yankees “Not Seriously Pursuing” Cuban Outfielder Daniel Carbonell: Report

May 19th, 2014 at 7:11 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Update: Tuesday, May 20 at 2:20 p.m. ET

According to Dan Martin and George A. King III of the New York Post, the New York Yankees are "not seriously pursuing" Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell:

According to a source, despite reports indicating the Yankees are among the finalists for 23-year-old Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell, the team is not seriously pursuing the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder. They were among the teams to scout him in Mexico.

It was thought last week that the Yanks were one of the finalists to land Carbonell, however that proved not to be the case and instead the Bombers will seemingly pass on him.

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Original Text

The New York Yankees have been interested in Cuban outfielder Daniel Carbonell for quite some time now and there are conflicting reports about where the Bronx Bombers stand at this point.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Yanks are "finalists" in the sweepstakes to land the Cuban-born switch-hitter, along with the Seattle Mariners:

Told #Yankees, #Mariners are two of five finalists for Cuban free-agent OF Daniel Carbonell. Neither team has confirmed.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 17, 2014

However, there is a conflicting report to Rosenthal's that says the Bronx Bombers aren't that involved.

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com is reporting that five teams have made an offer to the 23-year-old, who is seeking a four-year deal, but neither New York nor Seattle have made a formal offer:

Carbonell, 23, is said to be weighing contract offers from five different teams with terms that vary in length from five to seven years. The outfielder is seeking a four-year deal, the source said. He is currently working out in Merida, Mexico.

On Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the Yankees and Mariners are the finalists to sign the switch-hitting outfielder. However, Seattle and New York are not believed to be among the teams to make the player a formal offer.

The Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox and heavy-hitters such as the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers were originally interested in Carbonell. Since then, things have apparently changed and none of those squads are believed to be among the finalists.

Carbonell is considered by many scouts to be a five-tool player with great speed and power.

He played four seasons in Cuba before defecting last winter and must sign with a team in the states by July 2 or be subject to new international signing guidelines setup by the Collective Bargaining Agreement outlined in Sanchez's report:

Starting in July, Cuban players must be at least 23 years old and have played at least five seasons in a Cuban professional league to be exempt from the international signing guidelines.

The Yanks are normally very good at keeping moves close to the vest, so it is possible an offer has been made without anyone knowing. That remains to be seen, so we will just have to wait and see what "finalists" means and how involved the Yanks truly are.

 

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Cuba, Daniel Carbonell, los angeles dodgers, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners

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