It was easy a few years ago. Some Cuban player defected, everyone in the international scouting biz knew stuff about him and told us and we all watched the bidding. Now, as a result of those early big money defectors and the thawing of U.S-Cuban relations, there are more players than any of us non-experts can keep track of. Unlike a few years back, if our team is linked to a Cuban free agent, we have no idea if we should get excited!
Never fear, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez is here. And he has a handy-dandy guide of which of the 100-some-odd Cuban players hanging around someplace between immigration limbo and bonafide free agency we should be watching.
Bookmark and refer back when your team is said to be in market for some international talent.