Report: Dodgers agree to record deal with Cuban prospect Yasel Puig
According to an MLB.com report, the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to sign the latest young Cuban prospect in a record-setting deal.
Yasel Puig, a 21-year-old outfielder, agreed to a multi-year contract worth more than $40 million, writes MLB.com national reporter Jesse Sanchez.
In order for the deal to go through as-is, Puig must sign the deal, have the contract approved by MLB and pass a physical by Monday, which is the deadline for teams to spend more than $2.9 million on international prospects without penalty.
Puig, who was courted by both the Chicago White Sox and Cubs, is one of several Cuban prospects who have been signed by MLB teams in recent years. In February, Yoenis Cespedes signed with the Oakland A’s for four years, $36 million. Flamethrower Aroldis Chapman signed with the Reds for six years and $30.25 million in 2010.
A Cuban national team player, Puig did not play for his Cuban national series team last season as disciplinary punishment for attempting to defect.