You don’t often see a huge shake up in the free agent market in June, but it’s happened.
According to Jesse Sanchez, infielder Yulieski Gurriel (sometimes Gourriel), is now a free agent and available for bidding. You may recall that Gurriel, 32, defected from Cuba with his younger brother Lourdes (not yet a free agent) earlier this year. Many sources consider him among the best players in Cuba, and perhaps the best. His impact to an MLB team would be significant and immediate.
Although I’m not certain the Cubs would be involved on Gurriel given the lack of an obvious spot, you can’t totally rule it out when a true impact player becomes available for only money. Still, it’s a much better bet that there will be suitors that are more hot and/or heavy.