Jupiter, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Cardinals signed Cuban
shortstop Aledmys Diaz to a major league contract on Sunday.
Diaz will report to the Cardinals major league spring training camp Monday.
In 2012, the 23-year-old Diaz batted .315 with 12 home runs and 11 stolen
bases in his final season for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara in Cuba's highest
level professional league, the Seri Nacional.
"We have been following Aledmys for quite some time," Cardinals senior vice
president/general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. "His signing
marks a significant benchmark for the Cardinals in the international arena and
we are excited to have reached this agreement."
Diaz played five seasons (2008-12) for Los Naranjas de Villa Clara starting
when he was just 17. He's expected to start the 2014 season at the high minor
league level as he gets acclimated with the Cardinals organization.
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