Dodgers agree to terms with Cuban OF Puig
Puig, an outfielder, was declared a free agent by MLB this week after establishing residence in Mexico. He hit .330 with 18 home runs in 327 at-bats in Serie Nacional, the highest Cuban league, in the 2010-11 season, and worked out for a handful of teams (which reportedly included the Yankees and Cubs, among others) in Mexico City earlier this week.
He is the third top Cuban outfield prospect to be signed this year, following Yoenis Cespedes (four years, $36 million from the Athletics in February) and Jorge Soler, who inked a nine-year, $30 million deal with the Cubs earlier this month.
CBSSports.com quoted one scout who said that if "you see him (Puig) on the right day, he could be Vladimir Guerrero. … He doesn't have the power of [Giancarlo] Stanton or [Bryce] Harper, but he's close."
Puig’s signing beats a July 2 deadline for big-money international signings; as of next week, a clause in the new CBA will limit teams to a $2.9 million signing pool for international players each year.
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