Orioles sign Cuban right-hander Lazaro Leyva to free-agent contract

September 05, 2014|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Orioles have signed Cuban right-hander Lazaro Leyva to an international free-agent contract, according to an industry source.

The deal is pending a physical and age verification, the latter of which could take weeks. Leyva received a $725,000 signing bonus, according to CBS Sports, which first reported the deal.

The 20-year-old is the third Cuban player the Orioles have signed under executive vice president Dan Duquette. They signed outfielder Henry Urrutia to a $778,500 bonus in 2012 and inked outfielder Dariel Alvarez to an $800,000 bonus last year.

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Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Dariel Alvarez and right-hander Mike Wright were the Orioles’ organizational player and pitcher of the month for August, respectively. Alvarez hit .310/.350/.474 with 12 doubles, one homer and 13 RBIs in August. Wright went 2-2 with a 0.76 ERA in five August starts, coming one strike short of a no-hitter Aug. 21 against Durham and taking another no-hitter into the seventh inning in his next start, also against Durham. Both players will be part of a 13-player taxi squad that begins working out Saturday in Sarasota and will be available in case the big league club has a need. … Orioles manager Buck Showalter said outfielder Delmon Young, who hasn’t played since Monday, will start Saturday against Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly. … Right-hander Kevin Gausman, who will start Saturday, is 1-3 with a 6.64 ERA in five career games (four starts) against Tampa Bay, but threw six scoreless innings in his last start at Tropicana Field, on June 18.

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