You’ve probably already heard of the young switch-hitting middle infielder from Cuba, Yoan Moncada, who has drawn significant interest from the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. But have you heard of Yoan Lopez?
Lopez is another Cuban youngster who, it was announced Friday, is now cleared to sign with a Major League ball club.
Like other Cuban defectors Lopez had to, well, get out of Cuba for one thing but also, establish residency elsewhere. In this case, Lopez established residency in Haiti and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball late in 2014.
He also held a showcase for MLB teams back in late November. Still in order to sign with a team, and he is expected to before the start of spring training according to industry sources, Lopez needed to be cleared by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury.
MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported Friday that Lopez has been cleared by the OFAC and may now sign with a big league club.
For more on Lopez, his pitching and who he is most likely to sign with, you can read the rest of my post on Baseball Hot Corner using the link below: