The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Saturday that they finalized a contract with Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena.

It is a five-year, $25 million deal that includes a $7.5 million signing bonus, according to reports.

The 23-year-old, who defected from Cuba in November, is known as a defensive shortstop who is not as skilled at the plate.

In Cuba's 2013 split season, Arruebarruena batted .275 in the first half and .317 in the second half, but analysts project him as a .220 hitter in the major leagues. Some compare his defensive prowess to Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Arruebarruena was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball earlier this week, according to, and cleared by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control to enter into a contract with a major league team after establishing residency in Haiti.