The Dodgers continued their aggressive behavior on the international market on Monday as they have signed 16-year-old infielder Alberto Estrella per Ben Badler of Baseball America for a reported $600,000.
Badler describes the 6'4", 195-pound switch hitter with power from the right side.
"Estrella, who has spent time at shortstop, might be able to play third base but with his build he could end up at first base or an outfield corner spot," Badler wrote.
The Dodgers have increased their international cap room in a pair of trades. In acquiring Carlos Marmol for Matt Guerrier from the Cubs the Dodgers traded for one slot with $209,700. Then in acquiring Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins for three minor league pitchers they added another slot worth $197,000.
That increased the international cap for the Dodgers for the international signing period to $2,519,600, and they will likely have needed every penny once the period is over.
So for the Dodgers have spent at least $2 million in bonuses that count against the international cap: they signed Dominican shortstop Lucas Tirado for $1 million, and spent $200,000 each on Venezuelan outfielder Daniel Padilla and Venezuelan pitcher Alvaro Trillo.
Any signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count against the cap, and all clubs are allowed to sign six players for up to $50,000 each that don't count against the cap. The international signing period runs from July 2 to June 15, 2014.