Players attempting to play in MLB often choose not to defect to the United States, because establishing residency in the United States means they must enter the MLB Draft . If they defect to another nation, they can become free agents , allowing them to choose their offer.  The largest contract given to a Cuban defector is outfielder Rusney Castillo 's seven-year contract with the Boston Red Sox , signed in 2014, worth $ million.  First baseman José Dariel Abreu signed a six-year contract worth $68 million with the Chicago White Sox in 2013.  The largest contract given to a pitcher was the $32 million the New York Yankees gave to José Contreras in 2002,  while the Cincinnati Reds signed Aroldis Chapman for $ million in 2010. 
KERI: Well, I think Altuve's going to get attention. He might win the AL MVP award despite him not hitting 50 home runs. That great-all-around game does play. And I'll tell you something. This could show up in terms of contracts because you're going to get a bunch of power hitters who are going to go out on the open market this year and might not get as much money as they expected. A lot of these big, strong sluggers who don't have a complete game necessarily - they're not fast, they don't necessarily hit for a high average, they're basically just sluggers - are not getting their just due.