02/10/10 4:30 PM EST
Angels linked to Cuban shortstop
Halos said to be among clubs interested in defector
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
Quoting unnamed sources, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported that 19-year-old shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria, a recent defector, has drawn the Angels' interest. They joined about a half-dozen clubs in sending scouts to the Dominican Republic last week to watch him work out, according to an unnamed league source.The bidding, the story says, could reach eight figures. Chapman recently signed a $30.25 million contract with the Reds. An unidentified scout called Hechevarria "legit -- there's no doubt" after watching him work out. Hechevarria did not play for the Cuban national team but did play for several junior teams on the island. He lists at 6-foot and 160 pounds.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.