The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with 22-year-old Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra on a major league deal that, according to reports, is worth $4.3 million over five years. He will reportedly be placed on the team's 40-man roster once the contract becomes official.
The Cubanballplayers.com website was the first to report the deal, which is a noteworthy move for the Red Sox because they don't have a catcher under contract for the 2011 season and obviously see enough potential in Ibarra to invest that kind of money in him.
It was a move similar to last summer's, when they shelled out $8.25 million to sign highly touted Cuban shortstop Jose Iglesias, who was impressive during spring training and is currently at Double-A Portland.
According to the Boston Herald, Ibarra, who defected from Cuba last year, will report to the Red Sox's minor league complex in Fort Myers, Fla., where it will be determined which minor league team he will report to.
According to Cubanballplayers.com, Ibarra is 5-foot-9 and weighs 200 pounds.