08/14/13 - MLB.com - Indians sign Cuban righty Linares to Minors deal
The Indians signed Cuban right-hander Leandro Linares to a Minor League
contract on Wednesday, and he has reported to the team's player-development
complex in Goodyear, Ariz.
The deal is worth $950,000, according to an industry source.
Linares, 19, pitched for the Cuban 16-and-under national team in
competitions in Taiwan in 2009 and Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, in '10. The
6-foot-3, 205-pound pitcher made a name for himself on the island by
starring for Villa Clara in the 16-and-under and 18-and-under divisions in
the National Championships in Cuba from 2009-12.
He left Cuba in September of last year and now lives in Miami.
Because Linares is younger than 23 years old and has not played at least
three seasons in a Cuban professional league, he was subject to the new
international signing guidelines established by the Basic Agreement.
The Indians earlier agreed to terms with four players, including shortstop
Willy Castro for $850,000, for a total of close to $1.4 million since the
international signing period began on July 2. Cleveland entered the period
with a bonus pool of $3,636,900.
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