SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds announced the signing of Cuban right-hander Raisel Iglesias to a 7-year deal on Friday. Several media outlets reported the deal is worth $30 million.
The 24-year-old Iglesias will join the Reds organization once his visa problems are resolved.
Iglesias pitched for Isla de la Juventud in Cuba’s National Series for three years, compiling an 8-12 record with a 3.47 ERA over 88 appearances, all but five in relief.
He also pitched for the Cuban national team and appeared in the World Baseball Classic last year for Cuba.
Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Iglesias, a converted shortstop, can throw the ball up to 96 mph.
Iglesias defected from Cuba in November, two months after a failed attempt in Mexico. He held a workout in Haiti for major league scouts.
The Reds won a bidding war for the services of their current closer, Aroldis Chapman, signing him to a 6-year deal in 2010.