Report: Top international free agent, brother, to sign with Marlins
In a massive coup, the Miami Marlins are expected to land the top-rated international free agent in all of baseball – Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa, according to El Nuevo Herald.
Mesa’s younger brother – outfielder Victor Jr., 17 – will also sign with Miami, according to the report. The Marlins will hold a news conference Monday with CEO Derek Jeter and president of baseball operations Michael Hill, but they didn’t list specifics about what will be addressed.
The Mesa brothers are in Miami, per their Instagram feeds. Victor Jr. posted a picture Friday night with former Marlins star Mike Lowell in Miami.
According to MLB.com’s scouting report, Victor Victor Mesa, 22, is “considered an outstanding defender with a strong arm. He’s also a plus runner and scouts like his upside and pedigree. There’s the belief that Mesa would be selected in the first round if he was eligible for the draft, and he’s the type of hitter who could be placed at the top of the order.”
Astros: General manager Jeff Luhnow said second baseman Jose Altuve had surgery on his right knee, according to mlb.com. Altuve was hurt sliding into second base during a game against the Colorado Rockies in July. The injury became so severe that Altuve couldn’t play defense and served as Houston’s designated hitter for the last three games of the ALCS, which the Astros lost to the Boston Red Sox in five games. Reds: Cincinnati native David Bell appears to be the front-runner for the Reds’ managerial position, a source told MLB.com. Bell, 46, is vice president of player development for the San Francisco Giants.
Victor Victor Mesa, left, and his brother, Victor Mesa Jr.