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No deal close with Cuban pitcher Iglesias

No deal close with Cuban pitcher Iglesias

CINCINNATI -- There were multiple reports on Friday that the Reds were close to signing Cuban free agent pitcher Raciel Iglesias. However, a club source said there was interest in Iglesias, but that nothing was close to being done.

Iglesias, a 24-year-old reliever, threw in a showcase for big league scouts last month. He pitched for Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

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In November, Iglesias successfully defected from Cuba. He currently resides in Mexico.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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