• Ray Otero-Alonso

MLB 2022 | Ibáñez is a Tiger, Abreu may no return with the White Sox, and more

Major League Baseball (MLB) Cuban Players News for the 2022 offseason. A compendium from several MLB sources


José Abreu. (Photo: MLB)

Nov 11, 2022


Tigers claimed infielder Andy Ibáñez off waivers from the Rangers.


Ibáñez opened last year as the Rangers' third baseman, but he hit just .218/.273/.277 in 128 plate appearances and he spent the final 3 1/2 months in the minors. He wasn't very good in Round Rock, either, finishing with a .720 OPS after coming in at .871 there in 2019 and 1.051 in 30 games in 2021. He still might prove to be a decent hitter for average in the majors, but there's not enough else to his game to recommend him.


Per sources, the chances of 1B José Abreu returning to the White Sox are close to zero.


The Cubs will soon be in discussions with representatives for first baseman José Abreu, whose chances of returning to the White Sox are close to zero, according to multiple sources, 670 the Score's Bruce Levine wrote on Wednesday. Abreu's status with the White Sox has been in flux since nearing the end of the 2022 season. At season's end, Abreu ascertained he wants to continue playing baseball, amidst speculation he could consider retirement. However, when asked about the Sox, he said: "I'm a White Sox right now and I'll be a White Sox tomorrow. We'll see." General manager Rick Hahn was non-committal on Abreu's status with the team for 2023 last month. The White Sox' roster is crowded with first basemen and designated hitters, including Gavin Sheets and Andrew Vaughn. Hahn acknowledged Tuesday at the GM Meetings Vaughn played out of position last season.


Cuban players that began the off season in the injury list


Vladimir Gutiérrez, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

Date: Jun 4, 2022

Injury: Elbow

Return date: Late 2023


Jorge Soler, OF, Miami Marlins

Date: Jul 22, 2022

Injury: Back

Return date: 2023


Néstor Cortés, LHP, New York Yankees

Date: Oct 22, 2022

Injury: Groin

Return date: 2023


Lourdes Gurriel Jr., OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Date: Oct 19, 2022

Injury: Wrist

Return date: 2023


Yadiel Hernández, OF, Washington Nationals

Date: Aug 19, 2022

Injury: Calf

Return date: 2023