Dodgers sign Cuban right-hander Fernandez

Sidearmer to convert from reliever to starter

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Sidearming pitcher Pablo Millan Fernandez from Cuba has agreed to an $8 million Minor League contract with the Dodgers pending a physical, confirmed Monday.

The Red Sox, Giants, Padres and Rangers also expressed interest in the pitcher, according to an industry source.

The Dodgers have not confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by Baseball America.

"It's a great privilege to sign with such a great team like the Dodgers," Fernandez told in a phone interview from the Dominican Republic. "I've always liked the Dodgers, even back when I never even imagined playing at that level. I'm ready to do what they want me to do. I know there are still things to learn."

Fernandez, who throws a fastball, curve, slider and change, will be converted from a reliever to a starter. The 25-year-old also throws a knuckleball.

He is not subject to international signing guidelines because of his age and experience.

Fernandez, who established residency in Haiti, is trained in the Dominican Republic by Julian "Titico" Camillo. He is represented by Ted Bryant.

Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.