Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that pitcher Yaisel Sierra, who defected from Cuba in April, has been declared a free agent.
Sierra’s numbers in Cuba were not fantastic, but he impressed a group of scouts and baseball officials during an October workout in Florida. According to Sanchez’s report, however, Sierra 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. Which if true is sort of weird and may say just as much about Cuban hitters as it does about Sierra. Are they always seeing the good stuff?
That’s for another day, I suppose. For today, know that, in a world where J.A. Happ makes between $30 and $40 million over the course of three years, Sierra is about to make a lot of money.