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The New York Yankees lost out on prized Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada to the Boston Red Sox during spring training. However, that hasn’t stopped the Yanks from potentially adding a different Cuban infielder to their roster soon.

Fellow Cuban infielder Andy Ibanez doesn’t come as highly rated as Moncada, but the 22 year-old is said to have really good speed despite not having much power. And Ibanez could be just what the Yanks are looking for with only committing to Stephen Drew for this season.

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Via NY Post:

The Yankees had eyes on Andy Ibanez on Saturday in Miami, where the 22-year-old Cuban second baseman worked out for MLB clubs.

“He can run but doesn’t have much power,’’ said a scout who has watched Ibanez play extensively.

An industry source said Ibanez could command a $6 million signing bonus. Another one said it could be more in the $7 million-to-$10 million range, and the Dodgers appear to be the front-runners.

In three professional seasons for Isla de la Juventud, the 5-foot-8, 183-pound right-handed hitter batted .283 with 13 homers in 817 at-bats and posted a .767 OPS.

With a one-year commitment to Stephen Drew and the Yankees unsure if Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela will develop into dependable big league second baseman, the Yankees scouted Braves stud prospect Jose Peraza recently, though the Braves aren’t shopping him.

It be nice to see the Yanks continue to go after younger players and developing their farm system guys. The past 15 years has seen a lot of free agents being signed that are either towards the end or past their primes.

Ibanez could be tough for the Yanks to sign with seven teams being reportedly interested in the young speedster. Hopefully the Yanks can rely on their prestigious history to lure the young second basement to the Bronx.

 

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