Cuban defector agrees to Cubs' deal
The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Juan Yasser Serrano, a defector from Cuba, have agreed to a $250,000 contract, according to a league source.
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Major League Baseball still needs to sign off on the deal, and Serrano must pass a physical.
The Cubs are hoping to have him in camp before spring training ends, and the most likely destination is high Single-A or Double-A.
Numerous major-league teams looked at Serrano before he agreed to the deal with the Cubs. It's believed Serrano throws between 89-92 mph with a good breaking ball.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.