Dodgers nearing a deal with Yaisel Sierra


No, not Y-A-S-I-E-L. That’s Puig. This Cuban free agent is Y-A-I-S-E-L. Sierra. And according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo, the Dodgers will soon have him as well. Passan says that the deal is believed to be for around $30 million and would cover six or seven years.

Sierra, 25, is a righty who impressed a group of scouts and baseball officials during an October workout in Florida. While his numbers in Cuba were not eye-popping during his five series in Serie Nacional, Jesse Sanchez of has reported that he didn’t throw his full repertoire of pitches in Cuba and has only recently began to show people that he has a good slider and a changeup.

The Dodgers were disappointed to have lost Zack Greinke to the Diamondbacks in free agency, but they have since done a heck of a lot to build their rotation depth, and will have a good six or seven starting pitching options in the fold this year.

Indians release Mike Napoli

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The Cleveland Indians have released Mike Napoli.

This is not terribly surprising as he was seen as a depth move to begin with. Injury insurance for Yonder Alonso at first base and Edwin Encarnacion at DH, neither of whom are injured at the moment. Napoli was on a minor league contract and the Indians made it clear that, if he can’t find a major league job elsewhere, he’s welcome to come back and cool his heels in Columbus in the event he’s needed later.

Which may be what happens if he wants to keep playing because, after a season in which he hit .193/.285/.428, and a spring in which he hit .218/.310/.431, there aren’t likely to be a ton of takers.