Aug 1, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT
D.J. brought us the initial news on Saturday evening and now the deal has been made official.
The Nationals have agreed to terms with Cuban pitcher Yunesky Maya on a four-year, $8 million contract, according to Jorge Ebro of the El Nuevo Herald. He will begin his state-side professional career at the Nationals’ spring training complex in Viera, Florida, but he should rise quickly through the club’s farm system.
The 28-year-old right-hander was 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA over six seasons in Cuba and was a star on the Cuban national team in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic. Washington GM Mike Rizzo and Co. will hope that he can develop right alongside Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg and turn the Nationals into a club with quality rotation depth in less than a year.