Arguellez, Iglesias Declared Free Agents

SUNDAY, 4:52pm: Baseball Prospectus' Kiley McDaniel explains the situation at greater length.  The two Cubans are free to sign with any club, but not before thorough background checks are administered.

FRIDAY, 5:02pm: According to John Manuel of Baseball America, Cuban defectors Noel Arguellez and Jose Iglesias have been declared free agents by Major League Baseball after clearing the unblocking process. Both players defected while in Canada last July for the World Junior Championships.

Arguellez is a 19-yr old lefthanded pitcher that Manuel says has drawn Francisco Liriano comparisons. Iglesias, also 19, is said to be a shortstop in the Orlando Cabrera mold. Jamie Torrez, the agent for both players, says he has been contacted by several teams already, but did not speculate on any bonus demands.


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