Mexico City Diablo Rojos CEO Roberto Mansur is pooh-poohing rumors that Mexican League MVP Japhet Amador may be heading to Japan for the 2016 season.
According to Puro Beisbol columnist Juan Alonso Juarez, Mansur says nobody from the Japanese leagues has contacted the Diablos office to negotiate the right to talk contract with the hulking Amador, who led the Liga with 41 homers and 117 RBIs with a .346 average in 103 games last summer. The 330-pounder is leading the Mexican Pacific League with 12 homers and 39 RBIs this winter for Jalisco. Mansur added that he’s amazed how much power the right-handed Amador gave Mexico City in 2015 with little left-handed protection in the batting order.
To address that, Mansur will travel to Venezuela to meet with first baseman Luis Jimenez, no ballerina himself at 6’3” and 280 pounds, who hit just .205 with one homer in 23 games in his Diablos debut last summer. Jimenez had a cup of coffee with Seattle in 2012 but has otherwise bounced around the minors, Korea and Mexico for 15 years (including nine MLB organizations), batting .289 with 232 homers and 1,001 career RBIs. He’s currently playing winterball in Venezuela with the Lara Cardenales.