Mariners finalize deal with Cuban outfielder Heredia
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) The Seattle Mariners have finalized a one-year contract with Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia, a deal that includes a $400,000 signing bonus.
Heredia would get the $507,500 minimum salary while in the major leagues. If Heredia he is optioned to the minors, his salary would be $82,700.
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.