MINNEAPOLIS: The Indians have signed 19-year-old Cuban pitcher Leandro Linares for a reported $950,000 and sent him to their training complex in Goodyear, Ariz.
Baseball America first reported the Linares signing July 23, but that was only a verbal agreement. Several details were worked out since then.
Linares is said to throw 89-93 mph fastballs with an above average curveball. He is reputed to be one of the better prospects in Cuba. He made is way from Cuba to the Dominican Republic and on to Miami.
Linares, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, pitched for Villa Clara in the 18 and under Cubzn national series and internationally at the 2009 World Youth Championships.
The signing bonus came out of the Tribe’s 2013-2014 international bonus pool of $3.64 million. About $1.2 million remains to be used.
Carolina center fielder Tyler Naquin, the Tribe’s first-round pick in the 2012 draft, has been moved up to Akron.
At Carolina, Naquin bztted .277 wihe 27 doubles, six tripled, nine home runs and 42 RBI. He also scored 69 runs and stole 14 bases in 21 attempts.