Dodgers finalize six-year, $30 million deal with Cuban pitcher Yaisel Sierra

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Cuban defector Yaisel Sierra agreed to a six-year contract worth around $30 million last month with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it took a little while to get all the proper paperwork in order and the contract is just now being made official, per MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.

Frankie Montas was placed on the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster for Sierra, a hard-throwing 25-year-old right-hander.

Sierra did not post great numbers in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, but he impressed a bunch of scouts during a showcase workout last October in Florida and the Dodgers feel he’s going to be a late bloomer with his recent incorporation of a slider and changeup.

We should see Sierra in some type of major league role at some point this season.

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.