The Houston Astros made a splash in the news cycle on during the World series on Wednesday as a report broke that the team had voided the contract with international signee Cionel Perez after a medical evaluation.
Heard the Astros voided their deal with Cuban LHP Cionel Perez over a medical issue but I don't know specifics.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) October 27, 2016
Perez, 20, reportedly agreed in September to a $5.15 million signing bonus to join the Astros. Houston would have been required to pay a 100 percent tax on the signing bonus since the Astros had already exceeded their bonus pool of $2.197 million -- Houston still has to pay that tax due to previous signings even with Perez’s contract voided.
Perez was MLB.com’s No. 4 international prospect at the time of signing.
Perez played for Matanza in 2014 with the Cuban League. Lionel was 7-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 20 games (18 starts). He allowed 25 earned runs on 79 hits and 34 walks while striking out 78.
No word if he will renegotiate with Houston or find another landing spot.