Monday, June 16, 2014

Report: Reds nearing deal worth $15 million with Cuban pitcher

According to a report from Max Wildstein of Call to the Pen, the Reds are nearing a deal worth $15 million over 5-6 years with Cuban pitcher Raciel Iglesias.

You may recall the Reds being one of several teams to watch the right-hander pitch on May 31 in Haiti. At that time, it didn't seem like the Reds were going to be among the favorites to land the hurler. But it appears circumstances have changed, obviously.

The scouting report on Iglesias is that he boasts a fastball in the 92-95 mph range while complementing it with a sweeping breaking ball that ranges from 76-81 mph. Many scouts believe he has the potential of throwing in the upper 90s once he packs on some muscle and weight in the U.S.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post recently labeled Iglesias as a reliever who could help a club in a pennant race as soon as this year. And having fellow Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman around should definitely help with any cultural transition Iglesias needs as well.

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