Dodgers, Cuban pitcher Yaisel Sierra finalize $30M deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers and Cuban pitcher Yaisel Sierra have finalized a $30 million, six-year contract.
The 24-year-old right-hander will get a $6 million signing bonus in the deal announced Sunday. Half of the bonus is payable 15 days after the contract is approved by Major League Baseball and Sierra obtains all permissions needed to enter and work in the U.S. The other half is payable on Dec. 15.
Sierra will report to the team's spring training camp in Glendale, Arizona, once his visa issues are resolved. The sides agreed to the deal last month.
Sierra pitched five seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional with Holguin (2010-14) and Sancti Spiritus (2012), going 16-21 with 25 saves and a 4.23 ERA in 131 games. He pitched for the country's gold medal-winning national team in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.