Yasiel Puig Targeting Free Agency

9:55pm: Sanchez provides another pair of updates (via Twitter), reporting that Puig has established residency in Mexico and MLB's investigation of the papers is believed to be complete. An issue with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is keeping Puig from free agency. It is expected to be resolved by July 2, and possibly even as soon as tomorrow.

June 25, 6:40pm: Sanchez tweets that Puig has not yet filed his Mexican residency papers to Major League Baseball. Those papers will need to be authenticated before Puig can be granted free agency, and the authentication process can take a week or longer according to Sanchez.

June 19: Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig aims to become a free agent soon so that he can sign with an MLB team by July 2, when the spending restrictions in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement take effect, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports. Puig has defected from Cuba and is in the process of establishing permanent residency in Mexico. Agent Jaime Torres says he hopes MLB will declare the 21-year-old a free agent once his residency has been established. 

"We should all be on the same page by July 2nd in order to have the clubs evaluate him and sign a contract before the new rule kicks in," Torres told Sanchez. 

Torres has tentatively scheduled a showcase for scouts in Mexico City later this week. Puig, a 6'3" 210 pound outfielder, has two seasons of experience in Cuba’s Serie Nacional. He’s more polished than Jorge Soler but less seasoned than Yoenis Cespedes, according to Sanchez. If MLB declares Puig a free agent in the coming days, he’ll be able to sign before July 2 and maximize his earnings.

Steve Adams contributed to this post.


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  1. Josh Gedert 3 years ago

    Where are all these Cubans coming from?!

  2. Zach Bath 3 years ago

    so then maybe start him in AA or AAA and then call him up mid year?

    • Ptk123 3 years ago

      Well if he doesn’t sign until July 2nd, by the time he gets a work visa and actually get’s here it will be mid July which will be past mid year.

      • FacelessGeneralManager 3 years ago

        Im thinking he means mid-year next year

  3. NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

    You would think Cuba would just build a darn fence by now!! How do those rafts get so far anyway? Anyone who has seen Cast Away knows it ain’t that easy. Not trying to sound politically incorrect.

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      I know Cespedes was picked up on a speed boat….

      • NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

        and didn’t Chapman just walk out of the american hotel he was staying at for the WBC?

        • MaineSox 3 years ago

          Don’t know about Chapman, but I know that’s what Juan-Carlos Linares did.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

             Mariel and a bit after.. Was on one of the USN ships that was in the carribean and picked some up escaping Cuba.. you would have been surprised at what they left in and were miles out to sea in the flimsiest of “boats”.

            25 in 30′ local fishing boats for instance. Some left with just a few gallons of water on board and hadn’t had a drink for 24 hours.. Young kids on some, entire families on others. Some had people in dire need of medical aid, which was why the USN (us) and the CG had cutters patroling to pick them up at the beginning. Many were miles off course.

            This was way, way before “wet foot, dry foot” policy went into effect.

  4. Redsox7 3 years ago

    I except the red sox to pass but I think the dodgers will pursue him hard

  5. David X 3 years ago

    More polished than Soler but less seasoned than Cespedes. But what’s his ceiling?

    • Nick 3 years ago

      That is my question too.  If his seasoning is somewhere in between but he has a AAAA upside it isn’t that interesting of a story.

      • stl_cards16 3 years ago

        Well the first line in the article is…..”The latest Cuban prospect expected to hit the market just might be the most coveted young outfielder to leave the island in the last 12 months.”

        It sounds like he has quite a bit of potential.  There probably haven’t been many scouts that have got a good chance to look at him.  I’m sure over the next couple weeks we will be hearing a lot more about him.

        • MaineSox 3 years ago

          I hope so.  I follow prospects and potential prospects pretty closely (to me it’s as fun as following the major leagues), but I have to say I’ve never even heard of this guy.

          • stl_cards16 3 years ago

            I’m with you, Maine.  I’ll be interested to hear what they have to say when a few scouting reports start to come out on him.  It’s hard to tell by the article because so much of what was said is from his agent.  Who of course is trying to make him sound as good as possible.

        • Nick 3 years ago

          thats what I get for not reading the actual article.  darn you MLBtraderumors and your easy-to-read summaries!

  6. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    A lot more defectors now, wonder why???

    • Dynasty22 3 years ago

       Gotta get your money up before the new rule, I suppose.

    • NYBravosFan10 3 years ago

      Inspiration? Cuban baseball players want the big-time and it used to seem impossible but now that players are doing it all the time it gives them confidence.

    • melonis_rex 3 years ago

      because July 2 means their contracts will be capped at ~2MM. 

  7. Sky14 3 years ago

    Sounds like he is just going to miss the deadline.

  8. This has Astros written all over it , especially since they couldn’t sign Hunter Virant . I think they’ll try to make a run at him and add more depth .

  9. Jntg4 3 years ago

    Wonder if he would be a Top 100 Prospect, Cubs need to replace Rizzo in the system lol… but seriously, Castro and Rizzo in MLB, Jackson and Vitters in AAA, Lake in AA, Szczur in A+, Baez in A, Soler unassigned, Almora to be signed, and hopefully we get Puig.

    Rizzo and Lake are by far the least significant of those, but both have good upside, but I’m really beginning to like the Cubs system.

    • MaineSox 3 years ago

      I’d put Rizzo ahead of Vitters and Szczur as well as Lake.

      • Jntg4 3 years ago

        I put Rizzo ahead of them… if you meant to write Baez, then I was just going from MLB to Rookie Ball basically, based on how far in the system they were.

        • MaineSox 3 years ago

          “Rizzo and Lake are by far the least significant of those”

          I think Rizzo is a better prospect than Vitters, Szczur, and Lake.

          • Jntg4 3 years ago

            Terrible type-o, meant Vitters and Lake haha.

          • MaineSox 3 years ago

            Phew, that makes a lot more sense.

  10. Any word on the workout he was supposed to do for teams?  Does his Mexican citizenship need to be confirmed by MLB before he can do that?

  11. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    Agree, after missing out on Soler they could sure boost the farm system with a quality international signing. Cashman has excelled in the international market as proven by his past signings such as Banuelos, Montero, Sanchez and Santana. 

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