Cuban flare: Astros sign infielder Yulieski Gurriel

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HOUSTON - The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a Major League contract with Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel, Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gurriel, 32, is a 6-foot-0, 190-pound infielder from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. He has spent parts of 15 seasons playing in both Cuba and Japan. Between both leagues, Gurriel is a career .335 hitter (1585x4735) with 250 homers, 1,018 RBI, 121 stolen bases and a .997 OPS (.417 OBP/.580 SLG). Over the course of his career, Gurriel has seen the most time at third base, but has also appeared at second base and has seen limited action at shortstop and in center field.

Internationally, he played for the Cuban National Team, which won the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics and the silver in the 2008 Olympics. He also represented Cuba in the 2006, 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics.

This marks the first major Cuban player signed to a Major League contract under Jeff Luhnow’s tenure.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Astros have designated infielder Matt Duffy for assignment.