The Dodgers have agreed to sign Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez for a $16 million bonus. That, of course, puts them well beyond their international bonus pool, which means they will have to pay a 100 percent tax on their pool overage and won’t be able to sign any pool-eligible players for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods.
Alvarez, 19, has been clocked anywhere from 92-98 mph with his fastball, with a skinny frame (6-foot-3, 175 pounds) and a quick arm. His secondary stuff is inconsistent, but he has flashed an above-average slider that’s ahead of his changeup, a pitch he’s still learning to maintain his arm speed when he throws one. There’s some wildness in the very limited track record that exists with Alvarez, who never pitched in Serie Nacional and did not make Cuba’s junior national team before he left the island.
Baseball America subscribers can read an in-depth breakdown of Alvarez with his history in Cuba and what scouts are saying about the young Cuban pitcher.