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Nationals to announce signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya

Jul 31, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

The Nationals will officially announce the signing of Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on Saturday, according to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider.

We learned that the Nationals reached a preliminary agreement with the 28-year-old right-hander earlier this month.

According to what Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, it sounds like he’s not far away from making an impact in the major leagues.

“We think he’s capable of pitching in the major leagues very soon,”
Rizzo said. “You’ve got an accomplished, major league-ready caliber
pitcher that’s competed at the highest level.”

Maya was 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA over six seasons in Cuba and played in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.

  1. Buccofan - Jul 31, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    It is Known Fact that if he were any good, he would have been signed by the Yankees or Red Sox. Since they didn’t sign him, he must be a bum.

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