Per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Boston Red Sox have signed Cuban infielder Yoilan Cerse to a minor league contract.
Sources: Cuban second baseman Yolian Cerse & Red Sox closing in on a minor league deal.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) May 15, 2015
Cerse, 28, spent the last nine seasons playing primarily second base for Indios de Guantanamo, part of Cuba’s Serie Nacional.
At 28-years-old, Cerse is less of a prospect and more of someone who could potentially be a utility player down the road. A career .325 hitter in Cuba, Cerse boasts speed and quickness, and could potentially become a base-stealing threat at the big league level.
Given Boston’s heightened interest in Cuban born players in the past year — most notably Rusney Castillo and Yoan Moncada — the Cerse signing should be no major shock.
He’ll most likely start at Single-A, and it remains questionable whether he will be a factor for Boston in the majors this season.