MLB 2023 | International prospects: more Cubans signed on Sunday. Morejón avoided arbitration
Updated: Jan 17
Major League Baseball (MLB) and other Cuban Players News for the 2022-2023 offseason. A compendium from several sources
The 2023 International Free Agency period began yesterday and several Cuban players were active on the market and got signed. Signed players are subject to MLB approval for the 2023 minor league season. A complete listing of the international player signings from Cuba is below.
Daviel Hurtado, LHP, New York Mets - Bonus: $640,000
Rubén Menes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals - Bonus: $425,000
Rafael Álvarez, OF, Chicago White Sox - Bonus: $300,000
Cristian Jauregui, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates - Bonus: $270,000
Geisel Cepeda, OF, Texas Rangers - Bonus: $200,000
Xavier Alvero, RHP, Baltimore Orioles - Bonus: $80,000
Hojans Hernández, C, Atlanta Braves - Bonus: $ 40,000
Daniel E. Pérez, OF, Toronto Blue Jays - Bonus: $10,000
Other players signed this weekend was Brandon Mayea, for the New York Yankees, Ariel Castro for, Minnesota Twins, and Luis Danys Morales, Oakland A's.
Padres and LHP Adrián Morejón avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
Morejón will earn just a tick above the major league minimum this season in his first arbitration-eligible year. The 23-year-old former highly-regarded prospect made a career-high 26 relief appearances last season for the Padres and will likely continue to pitch in middle relief.