Pablo Millan Fernandez

The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to have made their much-anticipated entry into the international free agent market Sunday night. Though, it wasn’t by signing Yoan Moncada, who joined the Boston Red Sox, or Hector Olivera, who remains a free agent.

Instead, the Dodgers reportedly agreed to terms with Cuban right-hander Pablo Millan Fernandez on an $8 million Minor League contract. The 25 year old shared his happiness and gratitude in joining the Dodgers with Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:

It’s a great privilege to sign with such a great team like the Dodgers,” Fernandez told MLB.com in a phone interview from the Dominican Republic. “I’ve always liked the Dodgers, even back when I never even imagined playing at that level. I’m ready to do what they want me to do. I know there are still things to learn.”

While Fernandez spent his career in Cuba coming out of the bullpen, the expectation is for him to serve as a starting pitcher with the Dodgers. Given his age and years of experience in a Cuban professional league, Fernandez wasn’t subject to the international signing guidelines.

Meaning, the Dodgers don’t need to pay a 100 percent tax on the $8 million signing — as they would’ve with Moncada. Last season, Fernandez pitched in the Serie Nacional and posted a 2.83 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 57.1 innings.

Fernandez recently got his fastball into the 90s and also throws a curveball, slider and changeup from a variety of arm slots. He’s 32-30 with a 3.59 ERA in 177 career games (21 starts) across seven seasons.

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  1. greg

    Everyone Ive talk with is in the dark when it comes to knowing anything about this young man but we’re also very hopeful that Pablo can help the Dodgers with his pitching ablilty in becoming a 4th or 5 starter down the road after some needed seasoning in the minor leagues with good training the Dodgers are known to give young talented players. God bless and cant wait to see you in Dodger blue helping us win a world series soon young man.

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