The Oakland A’s are interested in Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Diaz is one of the top Cuban prospects available at the moment, and will work out for clubs later this month. The A’s, along with nine other teams, have expressed strong interest in Diaz (per MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez).
The A’s are no stranger to signing international players. This off-season, they agreed to terms with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, and last year they made a big transaction by bringing in Yoenis Cespedes from Cuba.
Cespedes hit .292 with 23 home runs and 82 RBI, finishing behind Mike Trout in the Rookie of the Year voting.
Diaz is apparently not major-league ready, and will have to spend some time in the minors before joining a major league club.