GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cuban pitcher Yaisel Sierra has cleared his paperwork and visa problems and took the field for the first time on Tuesday as a member of the Dodgers.
Sierra signed a six-year, $30 million contract and is expected to start the season in the Minor Leagues.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sierra would spend the day working out to become acclimated to his teammates, then be put on a regular program for building up his arm strength through side sessions and bullpens, "just like any of the other pitchers."
"I had a chance to meet [Sierra] yesterday and say, 'Hello,'" Roberts said. "It was just a little encounter. But as I understand it he's going to be with us and participate. We're excited to have him, and I'm looking forward to putting eyes on him."
The 24-year-old right-hander pitched four seasons in the Cuban National Series and with the national team. He was 16-21 with a 4.23 ERA and 1.490 WHIP, primarily as a starter. Before taking the field, Sierra met with the media for the first time.
"I'm just happy and honored to be here and looking forward to playing with the team," he said through an interpreter.
The Dodgers have been particularly aggressive in the Cuban market since signing Yasiel Puig to a seven-year, $42 million deal in 2012. Puig was an immediate sensation, prompting the club to scoop up infielders Alex Guerrero ($28 million), Erisbel Arruebarrena ($25 million) and Hector Olivera ($62.5 million).
Yaisel Sierra tosses his first bullpen session. #DodgersST