Arguelles gets five-year deal

Updated: January 7, 2010, 4:01 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $7 million, five-year contract with Cuban left-hander Noel Arguelles.

Arguelles, who turns 20 on Jan. 20, defected with Boston Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. He likely will start in the lower minors to work on command of his fastball, which is in the low-90 mph range.

A solid 6-foot-4, Arguelles pitched for the La Habana Vaqueros in the Cuban National Series and ...

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