MLB Free Agency 2012: Cuban Pitcher Omar Luis Rodriguez Signs With New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have signed 19-year-old Cuban pitcher Omar Luis Rodriguez to a minor league contract which includes a bonus thought to be in the $4-5 million range, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reported on Wednesday.

Rodriguez, a lefty, will not be immediately added to the Yankee's 40-man roster, but the money New York spent signals how much they value him as a prospect. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals were also reported to have interest.

Rodriguez made a name for himself during the 2010 World Junior Baseball Championship when he ousted the United States in the tournament quarterfinals with a complete game, eight-strikeout, 144-pitch performance. Cuba earned a bronze medal and Rodriguez was named to the all-tournament team.

For more on the New York Yankees, please be sure to check out our blog Pinstripe Alley and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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