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.