July 2 Rumors: Phillies, Twins, Cubs, Blue Jays

The international signing period opens today and we'll keep track of the rumors and news right here:

  • The Phillies signed Venezuelan shortstop Francisco Silva for about $200K and the Twins agreed to sign Reyson Zoquier, a Dominican lefty, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.
  • The Cubs agreed to sign Dominican shortstop Daniel Sanchez for a mid six-figure bonus, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America
  • ESPN.com’s Keith Law hears that the Blue Jays are expected to spend aggressively on international prospects this summer.
  • The Blue Jays have been tied to Gabriel Cenas, a Venezuelan third baseman and Pedro Perez, a Colombian third baseman, according to Law.
  • They are also in on Eskarlin Vazquez, a Dominican outfielder who has captured the Giants’ attention. Law predicts Vazquez will get one of the summer’s top bonuses.
  • The Mariners are expected to sign Philips Castillo, another Dominican outfielder who should command a top bonus, according to Law. The Mariners have also been linked to Jose Torres, a Colombian right-hander.
  • Law has heard that the Royals are in on Jeffrey Baez, a speedy Venezuelan outfielder.