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Yulieski Gurriel | Third Baseman

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/9/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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According to MLB.com's Richard Justice, the Astros are hopeful Yulieski Gurriel will secure a work visa this week.
That would keep him on track to make his major league debut sometime in mid-to-late August, assuming he can get back up to speed quickly in the minor leagues. The 32-year-old Cuban signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with Houston last week. He is expected to play third base and first base in the majors. It's probably worth nothing that top prospect Alex Bregman is making his MLB debut at the hot corner on Monday night against the Yankees. Jul 25 - 1:26 PM

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According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Yulieski Gurriel may not make his major league debut until mid-August.

Gurriel is expected to begin his Astros tenure with Double-A Corpus Christi, where he should see about three weeks worth of at-bats. Apparently Gurriel is also waiting to receive his work visa, which could push back his debut even further. If that timeline holds, top prospect Alex Bregman will likely reach the majors before Gurriel.
Jul 18 - 11:05 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yulieski Gurriel will be a free agent after his five-year, $47.5 million contract runs out.

Players generally have to go six years before reaching free agency, but part of Gurriel's agreement with the Astros was that he wouldn't have to go through arbitration years. The Cuban defector is expected to be up with the big club at some point in August.
Jul 17 - 3:47 PM

Yulieski Gurriel will report to the Astros' spring training facility in Florida.

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow expects Gurriel to be major-league ready in about three weeks. After getting some reps in extended spring training, Gurriel will likely head to Double-A Corpus Christi before joining the Astros. There's no obvious spot for Gurriel in Houston with Jose Altuve entrenched at second base and top third base prospect Alex Bregman close to making his debut. The Astros worked Gurriel out in the outfield when he visited last month and it's possible he could see some time there.
Jul 16 - 2:07 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Astros have signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million contract.

Houston wins the bidding for a player who drew interest from over a dozen major league teams, including the Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Mets, and Padres. Gurriel primarily played third base in Cuba, so this agreement would seem to put a sudden block on the rise of Astros third base prospect Alex Bregman. One of those nice problems to have. Gurriel, 32, is a .335/.417/.580 hitter in 15 professional seasons between Cuba and Japan and should only need a few weeks of tune-up at-bats in the minor leagues.
Jul 15 - 4:13 PM

ESPN's Adam Rubin said it's "highly unlikely" the Mets will sign Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel.

Gurriel hasn't played any competitive baseball this year and would almost certainly require a minor league tuneup before heading to the big leagues. He's also seeking at least a four-year commitment, which seems to be a deal-breaker for the Mets. Per Rubin, the Mets were not "overly enthused" by Gurriel's private workout in Florida on June 27. The Mets also have less incentive to add an infielder after landing Jose Reyes. In addition to the Mets, Gurriel has also drawn interest from the Astros, Dodgers, Giants, Padres and Yankees.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 5:25 PM

According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, free agent Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel has wrapped up his private workouts.

Which means he's probably close to agreeing to terms with a team. Sanchez says the Astros, Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Mets, and Padres have all taken a close look at Gurriel, a 32-year-old third baseman and sometimes second baseman. Jim Bowden of ESPN heard last week that Gurriel could command a contract in the four-year, $55-75 million range.
Jul 7 - 2:02 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM was told by some of the clubs that have worked out Yulieski Gurriel that they believe he'll receive a contract in the four-year, $55-75 million range.

Gurriel turned 32 last month, but it appears that won't keep him from getting a four-year contract. Bowden writes that the Cuban defector's private workouts with clubs "have gone really well, and his high-end skills are evident." He adds that Gurriel could be ready to "impact a pennant race starting August 1." The Dodgers, Mets, Astros, Giants and Yankees are known to have held a private workout for Gurriel, although it's possible more teams could be involved.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 3 - 12:35 PM

Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel posted a picture of himself wearing Yankees gear on his Instagram account.

That would suggest he had a workout with the team on Thursday. It's Gurriel's fourth known workout after previous visits with the Astros, Mets and Dodgers. It's unclear where he would fit on the Yankees with Chase Headley installed at third base and Starlin Castro at second. We'd expect Gurriel to sign shortly after the international signing window opens on July 2.
Jun 30 - 10:18 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel worked out for the Astros.

Rosenthal notes that Gurriel posted a picture on Instagram of him in an Astros hat, though this doesn't mean that a deal is imminent. The 32-year-old has also reportedly had workouts with the Dodgers and Mets in recent days. He'd likely require some time in the minors to shake the rust, but he could be a factor in the majors in the second half.
Jun 29 - 1:44 PM

Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel had a 90-minute workout with the Mets on Monday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Marc Carig of Newsday hears that the Mets had a "pretty big contingent" on hand, including general manager Sandy Alderson, special assistant J.P. Ricciardi, and some of the team's top scouts. The Mets added Jose Reyes on a minor league deal over the weekend and intend to give him playing time at third base, but the move isn't expected to impact their pursuit of Gourriel. Of course, Gourriel is going to cost them and they will face plenty of competition to land him. The 32-year-old also recently had a workout with the Dodgers.
Jun 27 - 5:21 PM

The Astros have done their "homework" on Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel, according to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.

GM Jeff Luhnow has been vague about the team's level of interest so it's possible the Astros were just doing their due diligence. Gourriel worked out for the Dodgers on Tuesday and has another workout on the books with the Mets next week. It's likely he ends up with one of those two teams. The 32-year-old was declared an international free agent last week.
Jun 23 - 7:38 PM

Mets assistant GM John Ricco said the team will work out Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel next week.

Gourriel had a private workout with the Dodgers on Tuesday. The 32-year-old could help the Mets at third base with David Wright (neck) sidelined though at least August. He hit .335 across 15 professional seasons in Cuba and Japan. Gourriel's primary position is third but he does have some experience at second base.
Jun 23 - 4:16 PM

According to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News, the Dodgers held a private workout Tuesday with Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel.

Is it any surprise the Dodgers are chasing one of the biggest fishes on this year's international market? Gourriel also has a private workout lined up with the Mets and at least one other team. The 32-year-old played mostly third base (and some second base) during his time in Cuba and Japan while slashing .335/.417/.580 across 15 pro seasons. He was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball last week.
Jun 22 - 8:58 AM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed Tuesday that the club will hold a private workout for Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel.

"We're going to do our due diligence on that player," Alderson said. "We've made arrangements to do that." Alderson cautioned that Gourriel hasn't seen live pitching in months and probably wouldn't be an immediate answer at third base, but it's clear there is significant interest. Gourriel, 32, is a .335/.417/.580 hitter in 15 professional seasons between Cuba and Japan. He was officially declared an MLB free agent last week.
Source: Mets.mlb.com
Jun 21 - 5:50 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
1B1Marwin Gonzalez
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
2Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
2Preston Tucker
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Doug Fister
5Mike Fiers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Will Harris
2Ken Giles
3Luke Gregerson
4Tony Sipp
5Pat Neshek
6Scott Feldman
7Michael Feliz
8Chris Devenski