The Los Angeles Dodgers, fresh off of signing Cuban infielder Hector Olivera, have jumped right back into the international free agent market and are the favorites to sign coveted pitcher Yadier Alvarez, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Alvarez, 19, has also drawn varying levels of interest from the Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, and Arizona Diamondbacks, Heyman adds. Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Minnesota Twins are fans of Alvarez, but are likely to be outbid by the Dodgers, which comes as no surprise given Los Angeles’ deep pockets.

Scouts who have seen Alvarez pitch in Cuba have come away impressed with his raw tools and they feel like he can be a highly productive starter when he can put it all together. Here is Fangraphs with more on Alvarez:

“While the command isn’t all the way there yet, he’s only [19] with new velocity that he’s still adjusting to, while the delivery, arm, frame and athleticism are all solid to very good with some flashes of feel to pitch already.”

The guesss here is that the Dodgers and Nationals are the two finalists for Alvarez’ services with the Dodgers coming out on top. The Nationals have displayed serious interest in Alvarez, according to a report from James Wagner of the Washington Post back in late March.

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