Source: Astros, Cuba's Sierra agree to deal

21-year-old righty subject to international signing rules

The Astros have agreed to a deal with Cuban right-hander Carlos Sierra, a source told's Jesse Sanchez on Thursday.

Sierra, 21, is subject to international signing rules.

The righty features a fastball thrown at three different angles, as well as a slider, curve and circle-change. He played three seasons for Sancti Spíritus in Cuba's Serie Nacional and for the island's 16-and-under and 18-and-under national teams.

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Unlike many Cuban players who must defect the island in order to establish residency outside of Cuba and the United States, the first step in becoming eligible to sign with a Major League team, Sierra was granted Spanish citizenship due to his grandfather's roots. He left Cuba legally, flying from Havana to Madrid in February.

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