The Cardinals are back into searching for more Cuban players since there offer for Robert Luis was out bid by the Whitesox. The Cards now turn to possibly add Cuban righty Hector Mendoza, who’s eligible to sign with a major league organization July 2, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America (subscription required and recommended).
This is one of the reasons why the Cardinals has eyes for him, Mendoza is exempt from bonus pools, meaning the Cardinals won’t have to pay an overage tax if they sign him, notes Badler. He has pitching experience with both Cuba and Japan.
Since Mendoza is exempt from the international bonus pools, he is also eligible to sign a major league contract, though he isn’t major league ready. In a country thin on pitching, Mendoza had been one of Cuba’s better pitching prospects, ranking as the No. 12 player on Baseball America’s list of the Top 20 Cuban players in April 2015. At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Mendoza had pitched as a closer for La Isla de la Juventud. Though durability is a concern, Mendoza has the repertoire to develop as a starter with an MLB club.
Source: Ben Badler