Orioles reportedly sign 24-year-old Cuban outfielder Alvarez

July 19, 2013 | Luke Jones

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With 26-year-old outfielder Henry Urrutia making his major league debut this weekend, the Orioles are wasting no time in restocking their minor-league system with a Cuban outfield prospect.

According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, 24-year-old outfielder Dariel Alvarez has agreed in principle to a deal with the Orioles worth $800,000. He met with team officials in Sarasota this week and the deal could be completed as early as this weekend.

The right-handed hitter defected from Cuba last year and went on to play professionally in Mexico. He was deemed a free agent by Major League Baseball earlier this year, but he reportedly considered a return to his native country after his initial contract demands weren’t met by any club.

Though his overall approach isn’t considered as polished as that of Urrutia, many scouts believe the younger Alvarez projects to have more power at the major-league level if he can refine his swing in the minors.

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