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  • Hechevarria Close To Signing With Blue Jays

    Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria is close to signing a $10MM deal with the Blue Jays, writes George King III of the New York Post. The 19-year-old is close to choosing Toronto over the Yankees because he was leery of Derek Jeter's impending extension which would keep him at short for the foreseeable future. King infers that the Yankees were willing to spend similar money to land him.

    Just over a week ago, Hechevarria was "unblocked" by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, giving him the freedom to sign with any team. If the Toronto deal comes to fruition, Hechevarria's contract will top the $8.2MM given to Jose Iglesias by the Red Sox last July.
    Does this maybe change what we ask in return from the Cubs in the Jason Frasor trade talks? They've obviously got a bunch of SS prospects and maybe we don't NEED them in the trade to get it done anymore.

  • #2
    I dont see what it should change, never hurts to have depth.

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    • #3
      A month later, it's official :P

      The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to a four-year, $10-million contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

      Hechevarria, who will turn 21 on Thursday, spent last season in the Cuban League posting a .262 average with six doubles, two triples and one home run. In 327.1 defensive innings, the shortstop committed only five errors in 217 chances for a .977 fielding percentage.

      The 5'11" 178 lb right-handed hitter is a native of Santiago De Cuba, Cuba and was the starting shortstop for the Cuban Junior Team in 2007 that played in the World Junior Championships in Canada.

      Hechavarria is expected to attend Extended Spring Training, before being assigned to a Blue Jays affiliate.

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      • #4
        better late then never

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