Pirates looking to sign Cuban defector Herrera

Updated: November 8, 2006, 11:57 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in signing former Cuban Olympic right-hander Yuslan Herrera to a three-year contract, but any deal looks to be at least several weeks away.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Herrera defected to the Dominican Republic a year after helping Cuba win the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He has not pitched competitively since 2005, but Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield recently saw him work out and likes his maturity and presence on the ...

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