Report: Dodgers are the favorites to sign Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez.

The Dodgers are reportedly the favorites to sign 19-year-old Cuban pitcher Yadier Alvarez, who will be a free agent and eligible to sign with major league teams on July 2.

That’s been reported by various outlets before today, but MLB.com just posted a more complete scouting report of the right-handed pitcher while re-affirming the Dodgers’ status as favorites. Click here for the full blurb; here’s an excerpt:

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I spent six and a half innings in a hallway waiting for Juan Uribe, and all I wrote was this lousy blog.

I spent the first six innings of Tuesday night’s game standing in the hallway connecting the Dodgers and Braves clubhouses. That was a waste of time. So far as I can tell, only a bat and a little black book are going to Atlanta — not Juan Uribe, who must have watched the entire game from the Dodgers clubhouse, since he wasn’t in the dugout (or the hallway) after the National Anthem. Maybe he and Hyun-jin Ryu watched the game together. You all can use your imaginations.

Uribe is, of course, about to be traded to the Atlanta Braves. You don’t get choked up about trades that don’t happen. Teammates do not say their goodbyes if you’re going to be their teammate tomorrow.

If Uribe is a Dodger tomorrow, he’ll need a locker.

Multiple reports have the Dodgers receiving Eric Stults, Alberto Callaspo, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime in return for Uribe and Chris Withrow. I can’t offer anything more than that, other than the fact that I saw more Dodgers front office officials hovering around the clubhouse today than any single day since the regular season began.

Check that. I can offer two more things:
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Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to have shoulder surgery Thursday. Update.

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo left shoulder surgery tomorrow. The arthroscopic surgery will be performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

The team did not offer further details on the specific nature of the surgery because it won’t be known until tomorrow. That includes both the type of procedure and the timetable for recovery.

Still, manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that he doesn’t anticipate Ryu will be back before the season ends. Here’s more from the manager:


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