Gurriel, the younger brother of Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel, has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs reports.

Since his defection from Cuba in February, the expectations has been that the soon-to-be 23-year-old will wait to sign with a team until after his birthday in October in order to make himself exempt from the league's bonus pool restrictions for international free agents.