The Washington Nationals today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Yunesky Maya on a Major League contract. Nationals Senior Vice President & General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Maya joins the Nationals after a stellar career in the Cuban National Series, which is Cuba's Major League Baseball equivalent. Pitching for the Pinar Del Rio Vegueros, Maya earned Cuba's equivalent of the Cy Young during his final season in his homeland, going 13-4 with seven complete games and a 2.22 ERA.
During his six-year career with Pinar del Rio, Maya went 48-29 with a 2.51 ERA.
Maya, 28, pitched for Cuba in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics, going a combined 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA (1 ER/10.1 IP) in six games/one start.