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cubaGiven his stature as a lesser international target, there probably isn’t much to be bummed about with the Chicago Cubs missing out on Cuban catcher Yenier Bello, who has agreed to terms with the Braves, according to Jesse Sanchez.

The Cubs were reportedly among the teams interested in Bello, 29, who has had a mixed track record in Cuba, and hasn’t played in a couple years. Obviously the Cubs’ lack of upper level catching talent (or even realistic depth) is well-known at this point, so they were going to consider any and all available catchers. Either they didn’t like Bello quite enough, or he preferred his chances with the Braves.

A number of interesting Cuban defectors remain on the market, including infielder Aledmys Diaz, outfielder/infielder Rusney Castillo, and pitchers Odrisamer Despaigne and Raicel Iglesias.

  • ibcnu2222

    SIGN ALL THE CUBANS!!

  • ibcnu2222

    Sorry for the caps

  • salesguy

    I can understand the mixed bag/lukewarm interest when discussing a 29 year old prospect. If that same catching prospect is 23 I think our interest level is much higher.

  • Jim

    “Given his stature as a lesser international target, there probably isn’t much to be bummed about with the Chicago Cubs missing out on Cuban catcher Yenier Bello”

    It’s Sunday morning, Brett, let’s give the usual cast of naysayers a couple extra hours to get in gear.

  • Diehardthefirst

    Chicago Cubans or Havana Cubs- either way the only Cuban who matters is Mark who with pocket change could save the team from itself

    • Eternal Pessimist

      I’ve come to realize that your posts are simply word scrambles…I tried hard with your above post and this is the best use of your words I could find…still doesn’t make sense, but is probably closer to the meaningful:

      Either way – only Mark Cuban, or pocket change, could save Diehardthefirst from itself, the Chicago Cubs or Havana Cubans.

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        I like that idea.

      • Diehardthefirst

        With the state of the team now do you really think it matters how many Cubans are on the team? No matter the spin this team will be lucky to win 70 games each year for as far as the eye can see UNLESS some good and expensive free agents are signed and the bad deal to buy the team fixed with IRS blessing and dispute with Rooftoppers resolved – only a guy like Cuban with one stroke of the pen could fix this before 2020- what is so hard to understand ? Have another bowl of Cocoa Puffs but add bran

        • brainiac

          lol, see this exchange is why this is a great posting board

  • Fastball

    If I was one of our prospects who was 3 or 4 deep in the org and see a slow road to the Bigs. I would be learning how to be a catcher. If I was a Vitters type I would own a catchers MIT and get busy.

  • Fastball

    Jr Lake would be a great candidate for catcher. Sooner or later he is going to get bumped out of his OF spots. I would start training him now. He is athletic and agile with a cannon for an arm. Catchers are rarely born but they are made.

    • another JP

      The cubs have some candidates like malave that are making the change to catcher but I don’t believe Lake would be very good since he’s not the field general type that could handle the position. With his overall athleticism CF Is perfect for him.

      • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

        Yeah it’s way to late to make that kind of a drastic change. It would require him to go way down in the minors and at this point that’s just not a smart move. I too don’t think he will hold down a OF spot long term but thinking he could learn catcher at this stage is just not happening. It takes much much more than a great arm than to be a catcher.

        • DarthHater

          Agree. At this point, it would make more sense to just trade him for an actual catching prospect.

  • farmerjon

    I thought Christian Villanueva would have been a prime candidate for the switch…

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      This really doesn’t sound like a baseball comment.

      • farmerjon

        To catcher…great hands n arm , shorter in stature and the bat would play well…does that help clarify ; ) now get your mind out of the gutter!

  • nkniacc13

    I wonder if outside pitching the cubs look for an upper minor league catcher in return for some of the sell off come July

  • Adventurecizin Justin

    Wilson Contreras seems like an interesting Catching prospect. He had 11 HRs at Kane County. Does anyone know much more about him, especially defensively?

    • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

      The fact that he was signed as an undrafted free agent makes me think he’s not high on anybody’s radar. He’s also hasn’t had much time in the minors outside of Boise.

      • Adventurecizin Justin

        I noticed he is from Venezuela…was he eligible for the draft? Or, was he an IFA? Thanks for your input, Goat.

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          Actually according to Jon at CubsDen he is a top Cubs catching prospect (which sadly doesn’t mean much since our catching prospects are thin) and was signed very young and converted to catcher. So he has more upside than I thought. Worth keeping an eye on.

          http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2013/05/willson-contreras-emerges-as-cubs-best-catching-prospect/

          • SenorGato

            Contreras right now is the most advanced of a slowly increasing group of young guys with some interesting tools at catcher. Tyler Alamo was a 14th round pick last year that had a bad first season with the Cubs but has some talent. Mark Malave is a switch hitting IFA bonus baby with good plate discipline and is moving back to catcher this year. Justin Marra is a Canadian they drafted in 2011 that has hit some.

            I’d still like a marquee talent at catcher. Never been sold on Castillo, though while making the min he should do. Weiters in FA would be nice.

            • farmerjon

              For the money, Writers will not be a nice pick up.

              • farmerjon

                Weiters

              • SenorGato

                I disagree. That’s the refrain in the FA song anyway, baseball wise I think Weiters is outright better than anyone the Cubs have catcher now or coming up.

          • Adventurecizin Justin

            Nice! Thanks for digging yo.

  • 70’s Cub

    I thought Olt would make a good catching prospect!

  • Fastball

    My suggestion was more or less that we need to create a catcher. Find the right candidates within. Most guys don’t end up playing the position they trained for.

  • Gocubsgo15

    What are the cubs chances of signing Despaigne and Iglesias

  • NorthSideIrish

    There were rumors last year of switching Stephen Bruno to catcher as well before he got injured. He doesn’t really have a natural position in the field, but the kid can hit.

  • Gocubsgo15

    What about Jae- Hoon Ha. He was signed out of Korea as a catcher but is now a catcher

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