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Red Sox sign Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra for $4.3 million

Apr 26, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have signed Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra for $4.3 million.
According to Abraham he gets a major-league deal, which means the 22-year-old Ibarra will immediately be placed on the 40-man roster and his options clock will start ticking.
I haven’t been able to find much of a scouting report yet, but the Cuban Ball Players blog notes that Ibarra is 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds, has played first base, second base, and third base in addition to catcher, and has hit .350 with doubles power over the past two seasons in Cuba.
Last season the Red Sox signed Cuban shortstop Jose Iglesias for $8.2 million, so the team is clearly focusing on that talent pool as a way to turn their financial advantage into more talent for the farm system.

  1. JBerardi - Apr 26, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    There’s a pretty good chance that Ibarra will join Iglesias at AA Portland. If so, wow. That’s some serious lily gilding.

  2. Nasty Boy - Apr 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    God knows they need a catcher . The two they have can’t throw out anyone .

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