Here we go again.
Two more Cuban-born players are set to work out for Major League Baseball teams in Florida this Friday, according to the agent of left-handed pitcher Misael Siverio and first baseman Jozzen Cuesta, per MLB Trade Rumors:
Here's the scouting report on both players, per the same article:
The 6’2″, 220-pound first baseman is said to possess some power and will present a younger alternative to the first basemen on the free agent market.
Reports on Siverio peg the lefty at 5’9″ tall, and while he’s not said to possess an overpowering fastball, he had drawn interest from 10 teams back in May.
The Yankees were one of those teams scouting Siverio, according to the report, and that's why they could be players for him.
Siverio is a more likely target for the Yankees because of their problems in the starting rotation, both this season and next. Despite the fact that the Yanks' rotation has been good, the team is likely to be in the market for a starter in the offseason with questions still remaining for their entire 2014 Opening Day rotation.
The Yanks could opt for the Cuban defector for what should be a far lower cost than what's going to be out there on the open market. Of course the risk is there in such a move, however the same was the case with Masahiro Tanaka, although it won't cost anywhere near as much for Siverio.
Overall, Siverio was 41-30 with a 3.24 ERA in Cuba. He's only 25, so there's room for upside.
As for Cuesta, 25, the Yankees won't go after him.
Mark Teixeira isn't exactly reliable as an everyday first baseman anymore with all of his physical problems and it wouldn't hurt to have a younger option around to help give the Yanks a backup plan. Unfortunately there may not be room for such a luxury with the way the Yanks are setup.
The return of Alex Rodriguez in 2015 will hurt the team's flexibility moving forward. The third baseman will spend most of his time as the designated hitter, and that presents a problem when adding in Teixeira's injury woes and Carlos Beltran, who has needed to spend a ton of time at DH this season with elbow concerns.
Unless he proves to be more versatile, Cuesta won't have any space to get regular playing time around the team's DH platoon, thus making it pointless to spend starter-type money on a guy who won't start.
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