The Dodgers made official on Friday their signing on 21-year old Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year major league contract, reported to be worth $42 million.
"Yasiel is a fantastic kid with an infectious personality and we think he has the tools to be a front line player in the Major Leagues," said assistant general manager and head of scouting Logan White. "He is very physical and athletic with raw power...he can hit it a long way. On top of that, he has a good arm and is an above average runner. We had a great team of people that worked to get this done and I’m proud of our staff."
Puig was optioned to rookie league Arizona but also placed on the Temporary Inactive List. He is expected to report to Camelback Ranch in Glendale once he arrives in the United States.
"Scouting and signing talent in Latin America is critical and this signing shows ownership’s commitment to reengage in the region and dedicate ourselves to getting stronger in this area," said general manager Ned Colletti. "We feel that Yasiel can be an outstanding Major League player for the organization."
Puig (full name pronounced Ya-see-el Pweeg per the Dodgers), if he reaches the majors, will become the eighth Dodger from Cuba, and the first since Danys Baez in 2006.
To make room for Puig on the 40-man roster, Justin Sellers was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Sellers has been out with a back injury and hasn't played since May 22. The first day he would be eligible to return is July 22.