Rangers Sign Leonys Martin

WEDNESDAY: Martin's five-year Major League deal includes a $5MM signing bonus, tweets Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-TelegramMLB.com's T.R. Sullivan confirms that the deal is official, noting that Martin is likely to start at Double-A.  By the way, Martin is represented by Praver/Shapiro.

TUESDAY: The Rangers' contract with Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin is official, tweets Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald.  The deal is worth $15.5MM over five years.  The Rangers currently have a full 40-man roster, so they'll have to clear a spot for Martin.

Martin, 23, defected from Cuba last year and established residency in Mexico.  Back in September, Baseball America's John Manuel wrote that Martin's "best tools are his speed and defense."  ESPN's Jorge Arangure Jr. tweeted in March that Martin is "considered an elite prospect."  ESPN's Buster Olney talked to three talent evaluators about Martin in April, with one saying he's "similar to Juan Pierre, with a better arm."  Another called him a "capable, average major league center fielder," questioning the price paid by Texas.



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