1/29 Cubs close on 2 Cuban players

The Cubs have reached agreements with two Cuban players, outfielder Ruby Silva and catcher Yaniel Cabezas. According to MLBTradeRumors.com, Silva signed for $1.2 million, and Cabezas for $500,000. The Cubs are not confirming the report because the visa issues have not been finalized. Silva, 21, is a left-handed hitter who played center field for champion Havana Vaqueros in the 48th Cuban National series. He can play all three OF positions. Both players are in the Dominican Republic. In late November, they took part in a tryout at the Cubs’ academy, attended by player development director Oneri Fleita. Silva and Cabezas could open at Class A Peoria.

— Carrie Muskat

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