Re­port: Top in­ter­na­tional free agent, brother, to sign with Mar­lins

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

Mi­ami Her­ald

Vic­tor Vic­tor Mesa, left, and his brother, Vic­tor Mesa Jr.

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