Cuban OF Luis Robert Reportedly Cleared to Become MLB Free Agent

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

Rain drops cover a baseball logo before Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Cuban outfielder Luis Robert will be eligible to sign with any Major League Baseball team after being declared a free agent.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported Robert was cleared by MLB. MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported Robert isn't able to sign with a team until May 20.

When Robert is eligible to sign, Sanchez reported the Oakland A's, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds have "strong interest" in adding the 19-year-old.

Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote Robert is likely to end up playing a corner outfield spot as his body fills out, and his "bat speed and raw power from the right side are plus."

In 192 career professional games in Cuba, per Baseball-Reference.com, Robert hit .314/.409/.467 with 18 home runs and 26 stolen bases.

 

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