Astros Sign Cuban Sensation Yulieski Gourriel

The Astros have made a big splash by signing Cuban star Yulieski Gourriel to a five-year $47.5 MM deal. This deal should take the 32 year-old to the end of his career, but a strong relationship with the Astros could lead to a deal that brings in his 22 year-old brother Loudes Gourriel as well.

In his 15 year career, Yulieski Gourriel has hit .335 with 250 homeruns and 1,018 RBIs.

He is expected to step in and play third base for the Astros, who are looking like contenders for the second straight season.

Gourriel was declared a free agent on June 13, and was allowed to work out for teams. The appeal for contenders to sign Gourriel in July (trading season) was that cash was the only loss, rather than prospects.

It will be interesting to see how the Astros manage their infield with top prospect Alex Bregman ready to jump to the MLB. Bregman was rated the top prospect by Keith Law in his midseason top prospects list. They are loaded with depth in the infield with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yulieski Gourriel, Luis Valbuena, and Alex Bregman.