Red Sox scouted Cuban free agent outfielder Dariel Alvarez

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox could be investing heavily in the international free agent market, thanks to Cuba.

The Red Sox aren't just looking at your standard international prospects for the July 2 signing period, as they're also keeping a close watch on the free agents whose contracts won't be included within the limited draft budget. Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez is one such player, as he's already 24 years old, and with the requisite professional experience in Cuban baseball to make him a true free agent on the open market.

According to Jesse Sanchez of mlb.com, the Red Sox were one of eight teams -- including the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, Royals, Mariners, Diamondbacks, and Padres -- to attend Alvarez's showcase in Florida on Wednesday. The Red Sox have also been attending showcases for Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who reportedly will end up with a deal nearing $60 million.

Alvarez defected last summer, and has been noted for his strong arm. His early work in the Cuban leagues did not look like that of a capable big-league hitter according to Davenport statistical translations, but he's seemingly developed in that regard over time -- he did start over there as a teenager, after all. That doesn't mean you should be expecting Yasiel Puig or anything, but he could turn out to be a pretty solid corner outfielder between his power and arm.

The Red Sox have a few big-league options in the outfield in the high minors -- Jackie Bradley Jr. is the obvious one, and Bryce Brentz could end up being something -- but they aren't exactly overflowing with depth there. Adding someone like Alvarez, if the price isn't insane, wouldn't be a bad use of Boston's money, assuming they like what they see in his workouts.

Read more Red Sox:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker