The Dodgers have reportedly signed right-handed pitcher Guillermo Zuniga, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. The Colombian pitcher was one of the 12 Braves international prospects made free agents in November by Major League Baseball after improprieties from former general manager John Coppollela.
Zuniga signed for a reported $205,000 bonus per Sanchez, though as part of the agreement to make those former Braves free agents the first $200,000 does not count against the bonus pool. Teams can also choose to count this against either this current signing period or the 2018-19 period, though since Zuniga counts only $5,000 against the Dodgers’ bonus pool it seems unlikely he will make much of a difference during the 2017-18 period, especially when the Dodgers are limited to individual signing bonuses of $300,000 or less.
Zuniga originally signed with the Braves out of Cartagena, Colombia on July 2, 2016 for $350,000, a bonus he got to keep.
The right-hander pitched in the rookie Gulf Coast League in Florida this season after a year in the Dominican Summer League. Zuniga in his two professional seasons has a 4.26 ERA in 31⅔ innings, with 22 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Zuniga turned 19 in October.