Mariners Sign Cuban Left-Hander Misael Siverio
The Seattle Mariners signed Cuban left-hander Misael Siverio who completed his physical in Seattle two weeks ago before the deal was finalized. The 25-year-old left-hander left Cuba in July of 2013 and played for the Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific League last winter where he went 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA (8 ER, 29.1 IP) with 36 strikeouts in six starts.
“This is a proud moment for me, to be able to join the Seattle Mariners who have several Cubans in the organization that are my compatriots,” said Siverio. “I feel very happy because of the way that I have been treated here in Seattle and now the only thing left to do is to do my part, work hard and reach the Major Leagues.”
Siverio played six seasons for Villa Clara in the Cuban National Series from 2007 to 2012 where he posted a 3.24 ERA.
He toured Safeco Field two weeks ago after completing his physical, getting to see the clubhouse, training room, video room and of course the field. He’s excited to join the Mariners and is looking forward to spring training in Peoria.
Siverio will take part in Mariners mini-camp in mid-to-late February.
Here’s a quick video (in Spanish) that the Aguilas de Mexicali put together when Siverio joined the team, answering questions about being in Mexicali, striving to reach the Majors and his repertoire.