International Notes: White Sox, Blue Jays

Teams have been working aggressively to lock up the best available international prospects since this year’s July 2 signing period opened earlier this week. We’ll track all the noteworthy deals at MLBTR as the action continues today. The latest updates are up top: 

  • The White Sox agreed to sign Dominican shortstop Johan Cruz, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. The 6'1" right-handed hitter has good hands, footwork and arm strength, Badler writes.
  • Keith Law of introduces readers to the international prospects who have agreed to reported bonuses of $1MM-plus.
  • There's no deal between the Blue Jays and Venezuelan left-hander Jose Castillo, Enrique Rojas of reports (Twitter links). Rojas reported earlier that Toronto signed the prospect for $800K. Ben Badler of Baseball America placed Castillo sixth on this year's list of top international prospects.
  • The Astros, Blue Jays, Pirates, Twins and Indians were among the teams to complete deals yesterday.

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6 Comments on "International Notes: White Sox, Blue Jays"

3 years 1 month ago

 Excellent, another Venezuelan hot prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays.

3 years 1 month ago

Update it. Enrique has another tweet saying that the trainer of Castillo denies it.

Brv Rocks
3 years 1 month ago

How are the Blue Jays staying under the 2.9M international spending limit?

3 years 1 month ago

 They didn’t sign Castillo.

3 years 1 month ago

I don’t think MLBTR would report this if it wasn’t confirmed. Does a tax apply to any money spent over $2.9M, or is the $2.9M limit a hard cap?

3 years 1 month ago

In Other News, Alan Farina was outrighted to Dunedin