Angels Sign Cuban IF Baldoquin to Record-Shattering Deal


The Angels have signed Cuban middle infielder Roberto Baldoquin, age 20, to a contract with a record-shattering $8 million signing bonus. This is, by more than double, the most expensive bonus ever given to any international prospect under the new CBA. The Angels will be paying fees on penalties due to this signing bonus, but it paints a picture of astounding confidence that the team has in this young man, who is as old as I am. He's a middle infielder described also as having great gap-power potential. Because he is under the age of 23 and he has played less than five seasons in Cuba, the Angels will control Baldoquin for the next six years, just as they would any other minor leaguer they acquired in the Rule IV draft. His status as a middle infielder, plus the confidence the team has placed in him, begs the question, now: Are the Angels serious about trading the likes of Howie Kendrick or David Freese in the very near future?

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