For a relatively small investment, the Rangers are adding Luis Yander La O to their organization, reaching a deal to sign the 25-year-old Cuban infielder for $110,000. It’s a minor league deal, first reported by MLB.com, that’s exempt from the international bonus pools.
In La O, the Rangers are getting one of the more athletic players to come out of Cuba, albeit with an unorthodox skill set and profile. La O left Cuba while traveling with the national team in North Carolina in July 2015, when he was 23. However, over the last 18 months he’s shuffled through various representatives and ended up signing for far less money than other Cuban players who have received bigger bonuses despite having less talent.
So while there are legitimate risk factors with La O, the Rangers ended up getting a player who immediately becomes one of their better prospects for a price that wouldn’t even rank among the top 200 signing bonuses in the international amateur market.