The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to sign Cuban righty Yaisel Sierra to a six-year, $30 million deal, pending a physical, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports and Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported
According to scouting reports, the 24-year-old Sierra's repitorie includes a mid-90s fastball with a good slider. Ben Badler of Baseball America compared Sierra to Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias, but noted that while he has better physical tools, he has less polish and command than Iglesias when he signed.
Los Angeles has been very involved in the free agent starting pitching market, but missed out on top options David Price, Zack Greinke, and Johnny Cueto. They settled by signing Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda, neither of which are flashy starters, but will add to the overall depth at the position for the club.
It is possible that Sierra will be big league ready from the get-go, but with the Dodgers' overloaded starting rotation, he may have to start out as a reliever before making the transition to a starter further into his career.
Sierra posted a career 4.23 ERA and a 221 to 166 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 300 innings pitched over five seasons in Cuba's National Series (their professional baseball league).