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Reds close to signing Cuban pitcher Raisel Iglesias

Jun 20, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT

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Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are “close” to a deal with Cuban pitcher Raisel Iglesias, who defected last November.

Ben Badler of Baseball America writes that Iglesias will probably wind up as a full-time reliever and “throws 92-95 mph with a sweepy but effective slider and erratic control.”

Last season he posted a 1.68 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 54 innings in Cuba and, while there’s no word yet on the money involved, previous speculation had Iglesias getting in excess of $10 million.

At age 24 he could move to the big leagues in a hurry.

  1. gosport474 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Let’s hope he is a little more mature than Chapman.

    • jm91rs - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      I’ll take another chapman any day

  2. thomas844 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    JJ Hoover’s replacement, I assume.

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