MLB: Astros, Yulieski Gurriel agree to five-year, $47.5 million deal
The Houston Astros have signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.
Houston won the bidding war for a player who drew interest from more than a dozen big league teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, New York Mets, and San Diego Padres. Gourriel was primarily a third baseman in Cuba, so this news seems to put a sudden block on the ascension of Astros third base prospect Alex Bregman.
Gurriel, 32 years-old, hit .335/.417/.580 across 15 professional seasons in Cuba and Japan. He'll likely only need a few weeks in the minors to tune-up his bat. The Astros could use the help at third base, as their third baseman have posted a combined .328 wOBA this season, which ranks 18th.
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