MLB Briefs ASTROS DISH $2M BONUS

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

hous­ton» A 20-year-old Cuban pitcher has agreed to a mi­nor-league con­tract with the Hous­ton Astros that in­cludes a $2 mil­lion sign­ing bonus.

The agree­ment in­volv­ing left-han­der Cionel Perez is part of the last in­ter­na­tional sign­ing pe­riod with­out a cap on bonuses. Start­ing July 2, teams will not be able to ex­ceed set lim­its each year that start at $4.75 mil­lion for bonuses of more than $10,000 for am­a­teurs re­sid­ing out­side the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.

Cuban in­fielder Yuli Gur­riel agreed to a $47.5 mil­lion, five-year con­tract with the Astros in July and made his ma­jor-league de­but the fol­low­ing month. wash­ing­ton» Un­til a cou­ple of days be­fore he was sent to the Wash­ing­ton Nationals, out­fielder Adam Ea­ton had no inkling it would hap­pen.

“I didn’t ex­pect to be traded,” Ea­ton said in his first meet­ing with re­porters since the Nationals shipped three young pitch­ers to the White Sox for him last week. “I don’t think any­body re­ally ex­pects to be traded.”

But once Ea­ton heard the White Sox had shipped left-han­der Chris Sale to the Red Sox, sig­nal­ing Chicago’s full-on re­build­ing ef­fort, he said, “It was kind of like: ‘Oh, boy, here we go.’ It was kind of a down­hill slope.”

Ea­ton and Wash­ing­ton’s other sig­nif­i­cant off­sea­son ad­di­tion, catcher Derek Nor­ris, were among the play­ers at­tend­ing the Nationals’ an­nual fan fes­ti­val. Bryce Harper was not.

Wash­ing­ton gave Chicago its two best pitch­ing prospects — Lu­cas Gi­olito and Rey­naldo Lopez, who both spent time in the ma­jors this year — along with 2016 first-round draft pick Dane Dun­ning. min­neapo­lis» The Twins said mi­nor-league pitcher Yor­man Landa died in Venezuela. He was 22.

The club said the Twins are “deeply sad­dened by the heart­break­ing loss.” The team did not say how he died.

Landa pitched in the 2016 sea­son with the Fort Mey­ers Miracle, go­ing 2-2 with seven saves and a 3.24 ERA in 41M in­nings pitched. His ca­reer mi­nor­league ERA was 2.66.

Landa had been on the Twins’ 40-man ros­ter but was dropped af­ter the sea­son. The or­ga­ni­za­tion signed him to a mi­nor­league con­tract last week.

Landa was signed by the Twins in 2010 as a 16year-old.

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