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Wednesday marked the start of the 2014-15 international free agent signing period, and on Thursday, the International Prospect League announced that the Cubs had signed three players.
Amateur players outside of the U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and Canada will be eligible to sign contracts with any Major League club so long as they turn 17 years of age by Sept. 1, 2015. Players that are already 16 plus years of age or will be 16 by Sept. 1 this year will be eligible. Under the current CBA, players with at least three years of professional experience who are 23 years of age or older have been considered pros and are exempt from international bonus pools. That will change with this year’s signing period as players now must have a prerequisite five years of pro experience in addition to being 23 years of age or older to be exempt from the spending limitations.
The Cubs have a designated bonus pool ($3,962,700), but they are not able to sign any big name prospects because they incurred significant penalties in the 2013-14 signing period after exceeding the international bonus pool by more than 15 percent. They will not be allowed to sign a player in this year’s signing period for more than $250,000. Their bonus slots retain their value, which could mean they will come into play as trade chips this summer.
According to the International Prospect League, the Cubs have signed:
* LHP Wander Cabrera ($250,000)
According to Baseball America, Cabrera, 16, is a 6-foot-2 left-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic. He trained with Amauris Nina, who also trained Eloy Jimenez, the outfielder who signed a $2.8 million deal with the Cubs last year. Cabrera played in the International Prospect League. His contract includes $50,000 in college scholarship money, which does not count toward the Cubs bonus pool.
* 3B Tony Rijo ($100,000)
According to Baseball America, Rijo is 6-foot-1 right-handed hitter with quick hands, a line-drive stroke and some power. His offense is ahead of his defense. He projects as a third baseman or corner outfielder. He trained with Jonathan Rosario and played in the International Prospect League.
* SS Yeiler Peguero ($250,000)
According to Baseball America, Peguero is an above average runner with an average arm. A switch-hitter, he played in the International Prospect League.
Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres were ranked Nos. 1 and 3 among MLB.com’s top 30 international prospects, and both signed with the Cubs this summer. To read about how they’re adjusting to pro baseball and life in the U.S., check out my story on Cubs.com. The two 16-year-olds are incredibly talented and should be huge contributors in years to come.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have reportedly snagged the top prize in the international class of prospects, 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Eloy Jimenez. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported Wednesday that Jimenez had agreed to a $2.8 million deal with the Cubs. The teen apparently turned down more money from another team to sign with the Cubs. 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.
The Cubs have been active, signing 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 reportedly signed right-handed pitcher Erling Moreno of Colombia ($800,000).
On Wednesday, the Cubs added catcher Johan Matos for $270,000.
The Cubs would not confirm the signings. Players must pass physicals before the deals can be finalized.
– Carrie Muskat
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