Wednesday, June 15, 2016


We bring up Cuban player Yulieski Gourriel here at BYB once every 3 months and the story never changes.  Aroldis Chapman is friends with Gourriel and I guess whenever a reporter talks to Chapman about Gourriel, he raves about just how good he is.

Well, the New York Post has this story today:

"Chapman played with and against Yulieski Gourriel in Cuba, and says the free-agent infielder’s game will translate to success when he signs with a major league team.

 “This is a veteran player with a lot of experience,’’ Chapman said of his teammate on the Cuban National Team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. “This is not a rookie. He has all the qualities needed to be a good player at this level.’’

According to several industry members involved in the international market, the Yankees have an interest in the 32-year-old Gourriel. What he will cost depends on how many teams are involved and what their needs are."

Now look, it's not fair to count the Yankees out yet this season. If they can stay at .500 by the All-Star break, they can definitely make a push to the playoffs.  We'll just have to see.  And we'll just have to see what Chapman and the Yankees will do about Gourriel. I mean, who knows if Aroldis will still be with the Yankees by the deadline and if it would even matter than.  Remember, the Cubs want Chap. We'll just have to see.

Stay tuned...

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