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.

7 Responses to July 2 Rumors: Phillies, Twins, Cubs, Blue Jays Leave a Reply

  1. aap212 5 years ago

    The Blue Jays were surprisingly conservative with all their draft picks this year. I would hope they go bananas internationally.

    • hurley55 5 years ago

      Didn’t the Jays take the most high schoolers out of any team in the draft? That’s not really conservative at all

      • aap212 5 years ago

        Not necessarily. Of their top four picks, they only picked two high school picks, one of whom was considered a signable over-draft. The reports going in were that they would spend with the elite, and they did not draft accordingly.

      • Sniderlover 5 years ago

        Yes, most of their draftees were high schoolers but some Jays fans are pissed because we took Deck Mcguire with that 11th overall pick since he’s a relatively safe pick with limited upside…. after him, a lot of the guys were player with high upside so overall it was a good draft.

        I do hope they go nuts internationally but that cuban SS we signed hasn’t done so well in the minors but he’s still got potential.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          “That Cuban” has a name. It’s Adeiny Hechavarria. He’s only 21, and I’m sure he was signed for his defensive ability. The single A numbers mean nothing.

  2. aap212 5 years ago

    If Eskarlin Vazquez makes it big, he has to be nicknamed “Skar.”

  3. Just_MLB 5 years ago

    I really wish Puerto Rican players were not subject to the draft and could be signed as free-agents…that really killed it out there in PR

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