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Cuban defector likely to start at Class A

CINCINNATI -- The Reds have signed outfielder Felix Perez to a minor league contract, two years after he defected from Cuba.

The 25-year-old Perez was suspended for a year by Major League Baseball for falsifying age records when he was negotiating with the New York Yankees. The Reds gave him a $550,000 signing bonus.

The Reds plan to send Perez, currently in the Dominican Republic, to their spring training base in Goodyear, Ariz., to get a better feel for where he fits. He's likely to start at Class A.

Cincinnati signed left-hander Aroldis Chapman, also a Cuban defector, earlier this year.