The Dodgers have reportedly added to their international haul, with the recent signing of shortstop Carlos Aquino out of the Dominic Republic. The 16-year old signed during last week's Louisville Slugger Tournament for a reported $75,000, per DPL Baseball and Vin Scully is My Homeboy.
UPDATE (Jan. 29): The Dodgers say the deal with Aquino is not official. Whether this means a deal won't happen or just isn't yet fully completed has yet to be known.
Here's how DPL described Aquino:
He has smooth fielding actions with solid average arm strength and runs average (6.9 60 yard dash). Aquino is a switch hitting line drive gap hitter with more pop from the left side.
Aquino's bonus will count against the $2.9 million cap on international spending on amateurs, for the signing period from July 2 to June 15. Here are the international signings the Dodgers have made, that we know of:
- Pitchers Lenix Osuna and Victor Gonzalez, and catcher Julian Leon (Mexico); pitcher William Soto (Venezuela), for a total of "about $1 million."
- Mexican pitcher Julio Urias for an unknown amount, but possibly over $1 million, though only one quarter of his bonus counts against the cap as a transfer from the Mexican League.
- Dominican shortstop Cristian Gomez, for a reported "low six figures."
- Outfielders Deivy Castillo and Ariel Sandoval, shortstop Ravel Hernandez, and pitcher Miguel Urena (Dominican Republic), with Sandoval signing for a reported $150,000.
- Dominican outfielder Michael Medina, for a reported $275,000.
- Aquino, for $75,000.
Without knowing the bonuses for Castillo, Hernandez, and Urena, it's hard to say exactly where the Dodgers stand against the international spending limit, but they are likely somewhere just north of $2 mllion.