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Studly 21-year-old Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechavarria has officially been unblocked by the authorities in Cuba (damn it’s good to live in the United States, huh?), and is free to sign with a team in America. The New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs have shown the most interest in the shortstop.

Hechevarria, 21, is excellent in the field, but questions remain about whether he can hit in the bigs. Unlike the Cubs recent Cuban signing – Serrano for $250k – Hechevarria is expected to get big bucks on the order of $10 million.

That said, it would be interesting to learn where the Cubs’ strong interest comes from. Sure, a guy like Hechevarria might not be ready to play in the bigs for a couple years, but are the Cubs looking at him to play in the middle infield soon? Say, perhaps in a double-play tandem with Starlin Castro? Ryan Theriot is under the Cubs’ control for two more years after this season, but could be non-tendered after this or next season.

What such a signing would mean for the Cubs’ other stud shortstop prospect, Hak-Ju Lee, remains to be seen. Thought of as the future of the middle infield, together with Castro, Lee is still playing A-level ball, so his future is uncertain. But he’s said to be better defensively than even Castro.

One thing’s for sure – it would be nice to have these kind of questions to deal with.

  • Cardfan

    I had a buddy in college with Cuban Hechavarria. Frickin nasty stuff. Had to quarantine the poor guy for two months. Antibiotics don’t touch it. Killed every serious relationship he’s had with a woman since. Just saying…

    • Ace

      That’s why I put toilet paper down every time.

  • Kevin G

    It never hurts to have back ups and you can always trade someone for something you need. The Cubs have a tons of good Middle infielders, So why dont we add and move some players positions. I think moving Ryan Flaherty to 1st would be a good idea and Moving Vitters to Left and One of the SS to 3rd.

    • Ace

      I think I’ve read that Flaherty may move to second soon.

  • http://bleachernation roger

    so what are we going to do about angel guzman’s possabilty of career ending surgery..i like this guy alot…he just cant buy a break…

  • http://bleachernation roger

    so what are we going to do about angel guzman’s possabilty of career ending surgery..i like this guy alot…he just cant buy a break…

  • http://bleachernation roger

    are the cubs going to sign Adeiny Hechavarria ?? or is this all talk?? we know we got this phenom in starlin castro! i say play castro trade theriot…there is no way in hell hes worth 2 mill…can starlin castro play 2nd base?? move starlin to 2nd base and play Adeiny Hechavarria at short we would have the best infield in all of baseball…can ya imgine ramirez 3rd Adeiny Hechavarria ss castro 2nd base DLee 1st! no ball would get to the outfield….

    • Ace

      No one knows … yet.

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