The Dodgers continue to focus on building long-term with investments in the Cuban market so as to add as much young talent as possible without having to give up assets beyond money.
Their latest example: Cuban right-handed pitcher Yaisel Sierra, and yes, that’s spelled correctly.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has the report:
Sources: Dodgers and Cuban RHP Yaisel Sierra are nearing a deal. Believed to be for around $30M and would cover six or seven years.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 12, 2016
It’s still relatively unknown when he might be able to make an appearance on the major league roster, but the talent is most definitely there, as evidenced by an impressive outing back in October in which he retired each of the nine batters he faced. He did so under pressure, as roughly 350 scouts and team officials were there to catch the game.
During the game, Sierra hit upwards of 96 with his fastball, got one batter to strike out on a slider and showed a low 80s changeup in-between innings.
At this point, the Dodgers have as many as seven solid-to-elite pitching prospects who can come up and make an impact this year. If that isn’t their preferred outcome for all those guys, they have any number of prospects who can be used in a major trade, which is always possible as Andrew Friedman tends to be so aggressive when he thinks he can find value.