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Pirates Sign Cuban Pitcher

Pitcher Serguey Linares signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates this week for a bonus reported to be around $125,000.

When Linares tried out in front of dozens of scouts in the Dominican Republic last July, he was hyped more than fellow Cuban defectors Yohannis Perez and Yoslan Herrera despite worse stats than Herrera in the Cuban league. However, the 23-year-old righthander failed to impress at that outing. He was reputed to hit 97-98mph with his fastball, but at the tryout he was sitting at 85-86. Food poisoning was blamed, and he has since been reported to be both back up to his previous velocity and down to 90-91 at various tryouts. In any case, this is not a bad low risk, high reward signing for Pittsburgh, who also signed Herrera to a $1.95 million major league contract last year.

Supposedly Linares was previously signed by the Red Sox for a bonus in the neighborhood of $450,000, but the contract was voided for some reason. I don’t have any details on why.
Sergei Linares


Yoslan Herrera


Photo Credits: Natali Torres


February 6, 2007 - Posted by | Cuban Baseball


  1. Great blog–too bad your grant can’t take you to Cuba.

    Comment by Greg Weeks | February 6, 2007

  2. You a have a great job and wonderful blog. I also agree with Mr Weeks, too bad you can’t go to CUBA!

    Comment by John Paul Cabrera | February 12, 2007


    Comment by John Paul Cabrera | February 12, 2007

  4. I live in Pittsburgh and follow the Buccos pretty closely. I was wondering if you had any more information about Herrera and Lineras? Types of pitches thrown for Lineras? Best pitch? What kind of stamina? Apparently from Lineras’ stats he has no control, anything else you could tell me about these two?

    Comment by Alex | February 20, 2007

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