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.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).