At least 10 MLB teams are showing "strong interest" in young Cuban infielder Aledmys Diaz, reports Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:
Showcase for Cuban prospects INF Diaz & OF Alvarez pushed back to end of Jan. At least 10 teams have expressed strong interest in Diaz.— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 7, 2013
Sanchez adds that the market for Diaz expanded once teams realized that he would not fall under the international signing restrictions of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. While teams now have a strict budget for most international free agents, those rules do not apply to Cuban defectors over the age of 23 who have at least three years of professional playing time in their former country.
It just so happens that Diaz -- who has established residency in Mexico and has been training there since absconding from the Cuban National team last summer in the Netherlands -- turns 23 today.
Diaz and fellow prospect Alvarez were supposed to hold a tryout for clubs last week, but it has been pushed back. The Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals are among the teams interested in the pair. It is believed the Marlins have "zero interest" in either player.
For more on both players, check out our earlier post on them becoming free agents.