D.J. brought us the initial news on Saturday evening and now the deal has been made official.
The Nationals have agreed to terms with Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on a four-year, $8 million contract, according to Jorge Ebro of the El Nuevo Herald. He will begin his state-side professional career at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, Florida, but he should rise quickly through the club’s farm system.
The 28-year-old right-hander was 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA over six seasons in Cuba and was a star on the Cuban national team in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic. Washington GM Mike Rizzo and Co. will hope that he can develop right alongside Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg and turn the Nationals into a club with quality rotation depth in less than a year.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Monday that the Angels have received inquiries from multiple teams concerning starter Hector Santiago. He adds that the club is willing to listen to offers. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network reports that the Marlins are among the teams that have inquired.
Santiago, 28, has pitched to a 4.32 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 47 walks in 110 1/3 innings. Sabermetric statistics such as FIP, xFIP, and SIERA think the lefty has pitched even worse than his ERA indicates however, pitting 2016 as his worst performance to date.
Santiago is earning $5 million this season and will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility going into 2017.
We also learned earlier that, in an effort to bolster their starting rotation, the Marlins have also shown interest in Wade Miley of the Mariners and Jeremy Hellickson of the Phillies.
The Rangers placed DH Prince Fielder on the disabled list last week due to more neck discomfort. On Friday, Fielder met with Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed spinal fusion surgery on Fielder in 2014 for a herniated disk in his neck. Dossett has recommended another procedure, so Fielder will undergo season-ending surgery this week, Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reports.
Fielder was having a rough season, batting .212/.292/.334 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 370 plate appearances. He played in only 42 games in 2014, but returned in 2015 looking more like his old self. Unfortunately, neck and back issues are notoriously difficult to fix. Hopefully, this upcoming procedure does the trick for Fielder.
Fielder is owed $24 million per season through 2020, with the Tigers paying $6 million of it per season.