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Cuban pitcher Yuniesky Maya threw for scouts in the Dominican Republic last week.

Jorge Arangure of quotes a scout who watched Maya as saying he threw in the 88–92 mph range, while sporting a fastball, two-seamer, a slider, curveball and a changeup.

The Mets and White Sox are the front-runners to sign Maya, according to a recent report on

Maya’s agent, Bart Hernandez, told Arangure, “Due to his arsenal of pitches, Maya projects as a starting pitcher… It would be a shame to put him in the bullpen.  He's in the prime of his career.  It's not like he's a young kid needing development.”

In one start and two relief appearances, during last spring’s World Baseball Classic, the 27–year-old Maya allowed one earned run in seven innings, while walking two batters and striking out four.

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