The Los Angeles Dodgers have jumped back into the pool of elite international talent with a resounding splash.
The Dodgers signed outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract on Friday, a record deal for a Cuban defector and a clear indication the team has rediscovered its traditional aggression in pursuing international players.
“This signing is really one snapshot of a much bigger vision, a much bigger plan,” Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said. “We needed to get re-invested in international signings, obviously Asia as well, but Latin America at this time. It’s a long-term plan for us to continue to build the farm system from every place we can.”
Just a few days after getting a look at the 21-year-old Cuban who hasn’t played competitive baseball in about a year, the Dodgers paid top dollar for this particular talent: Puig gets a $12 million signing bonus and will make $2 million in each of his first three seasons. He’ll make $4.5 million, $5.5 million, $6.5 million and $7.5 million in the final four years of his deal.
Puig, who is waiting for a visa in Mexico City, will get half of his signing bonus within 30 days after he reports to the Dodgers’ camp in Arizona and his contract is approved by Major League Baseball. The other half is payable next Jan. 15.
Twins, Doumit agree to 2-year deal
The Minnesota Twins and catcher Ryan Doumit agreed to a new $7 million, two-year contract. Doumit signed a one-year deal with Minnesota in the offseason. Doumit, 32, is hitting .271 with seven homers and 32 RBI in his first season with the Twins. The Twins also are recalling right-hander Cole De Vries from Triple-A Rochester to start the second game of today’s doubleheader against Kansas City.
Players on the move
The Chicago White Sox put right-handed reliever Brian Bruney on the 15-day disabled list and promoted righty Brian Omogrosso from Triple-A Charlotte. … Right-handed pitcher Randy Wells, designated for assignment earlier this week by the Chicago Cubs, was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. Wells was 1-2 with a 5.34 ERA over 28? innings in Chicago. ... The Houston Astros activated right-hander Bud Norris from the disabled list and optioned left-hander Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Oklahoma City.