A top Cuban baseball prospect is going public after defecting from the island and settling in South Florida nearly a month ago.I don't follow this stuff as closely as I probably should, but isn't it the case that if a Cuban defector hits the U.S. first, he goes into the draft? Wasn't there this whole song and dance a couple of years ago in which a couple of guys tried to get to Costa Rica or Mexico or someplace first in order to ensure their free agent status? If it's the case that the guy would ordinarily be subject to the draft, but can simply petition to get out of it, why aren't others doing it too?
Dayan Viciedo is a 19-year old third baseman. He spoke Monday in Hialeah along with his agent, Jaime Torres. Torres said Viciedo has been contacted by 14 different major league teams.Torres also said he plans to petition for Viciedo to become an
unrestricted free agent.
If anyone knows the rules about this, please enlighten me. Depending on the answers to those questions, I may have to move further into the abolish-the-draft camp.