M’s busy internationally

IFA14 copy 300x220 Ms busy internationallyEvery July 2 Major League clubs race to finalize deals with teenage prospects. Most of these prospects are from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. A few hail from Columbia, Brazil, South Korea, Panama or Nicaragua. Often these players fizz out and never reach the big leagues. Sometimes, however, they turn out to be Kings.

The international market is how the Seattle Mariners landed King Felix Hernandez ($710,000 in July, 2002), and the club was busy Wednesday, getting deals done for five players, according to various reports.

The big one is outfielder Brayan Hernansez, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound outfielder, whom the club reportedly signed for a bonus of $1.85 million.


Ben Badler of Baseball America penned a scouting report on Hernandez here (subscription req’d). That page also includes reports on another of the Mariners’ potential signings, shortstop Christopher Torres, a switch-hitting shortstop.

Click here to track the signings as they become official, but note that list will not reflect all reports of signings as the clubs and Major League Baseball have to certify them.

The entire list of Seattle’s signings:

Brayan Hernandez, OF — Venezuela
Ismerlin Mota, C — Venezuela
Danny Contreras, OF — Dominican Republic
Steve Branche, SS — Dominican Republic
Juan De Paula, RHP — Dominican Republic

More signings could occur as the summer progresses. Due to the age restrictions — each player must be 16 years of age or older before signing — players will turn 16 in the coming days, week and months and sign their deals. Occasionally the terms will be agreed upon prior to the 16th birthday, which may explain reports of a signing when a player has yet to turn 16, but it cannot be made official until then.

The Mariners started the signing period with $3,440,700 to spend, the sixth-most in baseball. Here is the full list of bonus pool money.

Here is how the slot values play out and here are the penalties for busting the allotments.

Written by Jason A. Churchill

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Executive Editor
Jason founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at Inside the Park and covering prep, college and pro sports for several news outlets, local and national, including MLB.com and ESPN Insider. He currently serves as co-host of the Steve Sandmeyer Show on 1090 The Fan, CBS Sports Seattle.

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One comment on “M’s busy internationally

  1. skyway park says:

    So I guess the Yankees and Red Sox will not be able to sign anyone the next 2 years for more than 300,000 if I read the rules right. since they dished out way more than there slot

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