Guillermo Heredia Signs with Mariners

A Cuban outfielder who has been a free agent for awhile has finally signed. The Seattle Mariners inked Guillermo Heredia to a contract for the bargain basement price of $500,000. At 25 years of age Guillermo is not subject to any international bonus cap, but the price seems quite low when compared to other Cuban contracts.

There are some questions about his bat. He has a centerfield glove, but if his bat does not produce he could settle as a fourth outfielder. Since he has not played since the 2013/2014 Cuban season he will likely need to see the minor leagues the first part of the year. His biggest competition for centerfield could be fellow Cuban Leonys Martin, who also had a little trouble with the bat last year and was demoted to the minors by the Texas Rangers after being their starting centerfielder for two years.

In another minor signing the Padres signed Cuban lefthander Elier Sanchez to a minor league contract. At 29 years of age Sanchez is organizational depth for the Padres bullpen. He did pitch for Cuban national team in the 2007 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics but not a lot is found on him after that.

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