Freddy Rodriguez Rumors

Blue Jays Sign Yeltsin Gudino, Freddy Rodriguez

The Blue Jays signed shortstop Yeltsin Gudino and outfielder Freddy Rodriguez out of Venezuela, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports via Twitter. Davidi says Gudino will receive a bonus of about $1.2MM, but didn't have a dollar figure for Rodriguez.

Gudino ranked eighth on Baseball America's top 30 international prospects list, while ranked him 11th. Though he lacks a true plus tool, Gudino is a smooth fielder at shortstop and has a high baseball IQ, according to BA's Ben Badler. Rodriguez comes in at 18th on Badler's list, and wasn't ranked at all by He's currently a gap hitter with the potential for more power down the line, and is fast enough to play center field at the present, Badler reports.

The Blue Jays' bonus pool is $2,817,100. They appear to have about $1.6MM remaining after the Gudino signing.