Dodgers News: MLB Executive Calls Sierra Contract ‘Absurd’, per ESPN

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban right-hander Yaisel Sierra. Today, according to Buster Olney at ESPN, several executives weighed in on the signing.

“They are seeing something that we don’t,” said one NL official.

The 24-year old pitcher spent last season as a reliever, but the Dodgers plan to use Sierra as a starting pitcher first, according to Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez).

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Dodgers rumors are that Sierra has a pitching repertoire that features a fastball that sits between 91-94 mph, but has the potential to hit 96 sometimes, as well as a slider and a changeup. The issue with him has been his “poor command and pitchability,” according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.

Those concerns have left another executive fully questioning the contract he received:

Said another: “We didn’t like him and would not have given him a seven-figure bonus” — $1 million — “let alone the absurd contract he got.”

No one knows how the signing will go. The Dodgers have had their share of big splash busts from overseas already – namely Erisbel Arruebarrena – but other teams, like the Chicago White Sox when they signed Jose Abreu, have struck it rich despite disagreeing with a lot of the talent evaluators.

While rival executives might be sour on the deal, the Dodgers certainly weren’t turned off by Sierra’s talent. If what they saw in him comes to fruition, those dissenting executives might be kicking themselves. For updates and more Dodgers news, check back to Dodgers Nation!

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