Mariners finalize deal with Cuban outfielder Heredia
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have finalized a major league contract with Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia.
Heredia has not played competitive baseball since 2014 and defected from Cuba last year. Seattle said he hit .285 with 23 homers and 121 RBIs over 374 games during six seasons with Matanzas.
Heredia was at the Mariners' training camp Tuesday, awaiting completion of his deal.
Seattle placed catcher Jesus Sucre on the 60-day disabled list. He had surgery Jan. 26 to repair damage in his right ankle, a week after fracturing his right fibula during winter ball in Venezuela.