According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Yankees are among the teams interested in 27-year-old right-handed pitcher Dalier Hinojosa, who was recently granted free agency by MLB after defecting from Cuba. Hinojosa can now sign with any major league team. The Dodgers, Red Sox, and Cubs also have Hinojosa on their radar.
Hinojosa previously pitched for the Cuban national team and has a fastball that sits in the lower 90s. A slider, curveball, two-seamer, and changeup round out his arsenal, according to Sanchez.
The Yankees have been shying away from these kind of signings recently (Yasiel Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman), which you may be able to call Kei Igawa Syndrome. There is not a posting fee like there was with signing Yu Darvish, but the Yankees may shy away anyway. With free agency becoming much less of an avenue to bring in top talent, the team may have to re-think their policy on taking a chance on players like this in order to acquire talent that they were used to getting when stars were still reaching the open market.
Do you think the Yankees should take a chance on Hinojosa or play it safe with an unknown commodity?
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