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Cuban pitching prospect signs with Astros; Mets hero Daniel Murphy jumps to Nationals

Cuban pitching prospect signs with Astros; Mets hero Daniel Murphy jumps to Nationals

Posted by PanamericanWorld on December 26, 2015

The highly-touted Cuban pitcher Carlos Sierra has reached a deal with the Houston Astros under the terms of Major League Baseball's international signing rules, while Daniel Murphy will move from the New York Mets to the Washington Nationals.

Although the Astros have not yet officially confirmed the agreement, several sources close to the team told EFE a deal had been struck and that the player only needed to pass a physical.

The 20-year-old Sierra, regarded as one of Cuba's top young pitchers, left Havana in February for Madrid after securing Spanish citizenship through his grandfather.

The righthander, who pitched three seasons for Sancti Spiritus in the Cuban National Series, boasts solid command of four pitches: fastball, slider, curveball and circle-change.

The 30-year-old Murphy, meanwhile, signed a three-year, $37.5-million deal with the Mets' National League East rival, the Washington Nationals, according to several media reports that said the player only needed to pass a physical.

The Nationals have not yet confirmed the report.

In 2015, the second baseman became the first player in big-league history to hit at least one home run in six consecutive postseason games in carrying the Mets virtually single-handedly into the World Series. 

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