With rumors swirling about the potential signing of Cuban prospects, the Miami Marlins will hold a news conference set for Monday.
The title of this story is as vague as the information posted by the Miami Marlins organization. But with the winds swirling in South Florida about the team’s aggression in trying to sign three of the top Cuban baseball prospects on the free agent market, the organization has called for a news conference on Monday.
One can only surmise this is to discuss whether Miami is able to sign Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr, and Sandy Gaston or any of them to a deal with the ball club. Miami has been in hot pursuit of all three players with the hope of continuing to improve their minor league system.
"As Giovanni Quintero of Marlin Maniac wrote on Saturday morning, “The Miami Marlins are on the verge of acquiring Cuban phenom Victor Victor Mesa and his younger brother Victor Mesa Jr. The older sibling is considered the top international prospect in the major leagues as he displays star potential.”"
It is believed Miami and the Baltimore Orioles are the frontrunners to land any one of the three.
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"As Joe Frisaro wrote on Marlins.com, It is unclear if the team can reach an agreement with all three players. Jeter and Hill have spent the week in Arizona, attending the Marlins’ organizational meetings and attending Arizona Fall League games."
Miami has worked hard to acquire international pool money this month, trading players for cash in an attempt to catch the Orioles. Both organizations are believed to have around $6.6 million which is the most of any of the 30 Major League teams.
"“According to their social media accounts, the Mesa brothers are currently in Miami,” Frisaro added. “On Saturday, Victor Mesa Jr., posted on Instagram a photo of himself with former Marlins All-Star third baseman Mike Lowell. The photo was taken in Miami.”"
After the three players worked out for what was believed to be 75 scouts and MLB personnel in Miami on Oct. 5, they went to dinner with Jeter and members of Miami’s front office.
Victor Victor Mesa is believed to be the best international star in free agency. It is not known if Jeter and the front office will be active during the Hot Stove season, but could look to add more minor league prospects, especially every-day players.
The thought is the Mesas and Gaston would appeal to the team’s fan base like the late Jose Fernandez was beloved during his time in Miami.