The Chicago Cubs aren’t letting up on landing as many later-signing international free agents as possible. After signing a group out of the Dominican Republic recently, and the top (OK, only) prospect out of Bulgaria, the Cubs have plucked a catching prospect out of Cuba.
It’s 18-year-old Dilbert Gómez, per Francys Romero:
*Correction: C Dilbert Gomez (18) not 20.
— Francys Romero (@francysromeroFR) April 22, 2022
Of note, the $10,000 signing bonus is the largest you can give without it counting against your bonus pool, and I’ve gotta believe the Cubs are tapped at this point. But, as the Gómez signing shows, that doesn’t mean you stop exploring opportunities.
With the Dominican Summer League coming in a couple months, we’re likely to see a handful more late-arrival signings (pitchers, in particular, since they are less likely to adhere to the wink-wink handshake deal timeline because they are harder to project at 14). And, as you’ll recall, it’s TBD whether an international draft is coming in the future for the years ahead.