The Houston Astros have dipped their toe once again in international waters. ESPN's Enrique Rojas reporting that the Astros have signed Cuban infield prospect Anibal Sierra.
Fuente: SS cubano Anibal Sierra y @astros llegaron a un acuerdo. Incluyendo penalidad, costará $7 millones. Oficial en julio 2.— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) April 7, 2016
ESPN is reporting that the team has reached pack with Sierra for $3.5 million. The deal will be made official on July 2.
The contract is an international free agent minor league deal. Houston's bonus pool this year is $2.1 million for international free agents. As a result, the Astros will have to pay 100 percent overage tax on the contract -- in the end result in Houston paying $7 million for Sierra's services. The team also cannot sign another international free agent for over $300 thousand for two years.
Sierra played shortstop and second base in Cuba, he batted .238 in 91 games last season.
This move comes four months after the Astros signed Cuban pitching prospect Carlos Sierra in December.
Houston was reported Anibal Sierra in March as well as Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.