January 13, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract with Cuban pitcher Yoan Lopez that includes an $8.27 million signing bonus.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced.

A hard-throwing 21-year-old right-hander, Lopez is expected to begin his Diamondbacks career in the minor leagues.

The agreement Tuesday, which is pending a physical, is the largest for a young player who resides outside the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico and subject to a team's international signing pool under baseball's collective bargaining agreement. Lopez counts toward a club's signing pool because he is under 23 and has played professionally less than five years in a Cuban professional league.

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