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Nationals call up Yunesky Maya six weeks after signing Cuban pitcher for $6 million

Sep 7, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

Washington signed Cuban defector Yunesky Maya to a four-year, $6 million contract on July 31 and today the Nationals called up the 28-year-old right-hander.
Maya will make his big-league debut tonight against the Mets after moving quickly through the Nationals’ system with a 3.38 ERA and 18/10 K/BB ratio in 21.1 innings split between three different levels.
After successfully fleeing Cuba in September of last year Maya lived in the Dominican Republic for nine months before he was authorized to sign with an MLB team.
Maya went 13-4 with a 2.22 ERA in Cuba last season, ranking second to only Aroldis Chapman for the league lead in strikeouts, and was 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA for his entire career there.

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