Adonis Cardona Rumors
The Blue Jays signed amateur free agents Adonis Cardona and Gabriel Cenas, according to the team. Cardona, a right-handed pitcher, and Cenas, a third baseman, will begin in the Dominican Summer League. The Blue Jays have been aggressive on international free agents under GM Alex Anthopoulos, bidding on Aroldis Chapman and signing Adeiny Hechavarria.
News of Cardona's deal first broke in May from ESPN's Keith Law, but the pitcher could not be officially signed until July 2nd. According to this Shi Davidi tweet, Anthopoulos confirmed the Cardona signing was for $2.8MM - a record for a Venezuelan amateur, according to Baseball America's Ben Badler. The Badler link also contains a scouting report. Davidi also learned from Anthopoulos that Cenas was signed for $700K.
JULY 7th: Alexander Mendoza of El Nacional reports that the Blue Jays signed Cardona over the weekend (link in Spanish). Ignacio Serrano of El Nacional reports (via Twitter) that Cardona's agent, Carlos Gavidia, says the bonus is for $2.8MM. The Blue Jays have not confirmed the signing.
MAY 12th: Frankie Piliere of AOL FanHouse believes Cardona's deal with the Blue Jays will be for $2.8MM (Twitter link).
MAY 10th: The Blue Jays are close to signing Venezuelan righty Adonis Cardona, according to ESPN.com's Keith Law. The prospect can't officially sign with the Blue Jays until the July 2nd signing period opens. The terms of the deal aren't clear, but some July 2 free agents do sign seven-figure deals. As Law points out, such early agreements do not always hold up.
The Blue Jays have pursued international free agents aggressively under GM Alex Anthopoulos, bidding on Aroldis Chapman and signing shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.