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Tuesday’s Cubs trades weren’t just to acquire more pitching for the current team, but to bolster the resources they have for international prospects.

“This is an international class that our scouts really like, and we felt it was very deep,” GM Jed Hoyer said Tuesday. “The addition of dollars can help us be aggressive in this international market.”

The Cubs have reportedly signed 16-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres ($1.7 million), considered the best player out of Venezuela in this year’s class and ranked third among all international prospects by MLB.com. The Cubs also have signed right-handed pitcher Erling Moreno of Colombia ($800,000). The team would not confirm those signings; the players must pass physicals before those deals can be finalized.

The Cubs are reportedly in the hunt for Dominican outfielder Eloy Jimenez, ranked No. 1 among all international prospects. At 6-4, 198 pounds, Jimenez is an advanced hitter with quick hands and projects as a corner outfielder because of his arm strength and ability.

Tuesday’s deals allowed the Cubs to acquire four slots — two from the Orioles and two from the Astros — and they traded one to the Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol exchange. According to Hoyer, the net total was $963,000. The extra money increases the Cubs’ total international pool to $5,520,300, the highest among all teams. The Astros’ pool dropped from nearly $5 million to $4,159,000.

This is the first year teams are assigned bonus pool money to sign players not eligible for the First-Year Player Draft in June because they are from outside North America. Teams’ bonus pools are based on the previous year’s won-loss record. Each team has four bonus slots adding up to its total, and is allowed to acquire more slots worth as much as half of that team’s original allotment.

By moving Scott Feldman when they did, the Cubs could have the money available on the first day — Tuesday — of the new annual signing period for international free agents.

— Carrie Muskat


Very interesting signings. Any idea on when the physicals will be completed? I really like what I am reading about these players. Any idea on where they will be headed (i.e. Rookie league) after signing is complete?

Hi Carrie, In the last blog entry, you mentioned that we signed someone from Columbia. Should that have been Colombia?


Cubs land Jimenez… pretty much done deal…WOOHOO

This could prove to be the most significant aspect of this deal with Orioles, meaning the money to be used to sign international free agents. It amounts to a new form of currency, more important than acquiring Arrieta and Strop, or losing Feldman and Clevenger.

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