Sanchez and Leal signings official
Just because the signing deadline has passed, doesn’t mean they can’t keep signing players. Jay covered this a little while ago, and now the Mariners have officially announced the signings of two 16-year-old Venezuelans, RHP Victor Sanchez and OF Jose Leal. Bob Engle says they considered Sanchez the top-rated international prospect available.
Previously reported bonus amounts were $2.5 million and $1,925,000, respectively, which of course the team’s announcement doesn’t comment on. Anyway, clearly they’re considered key acquisitions, but it will be 4-5 years before they’d even start to appear in the picture as potential contributors, so just tuck them away in the back of your brain for now.
Both of these guys are from Venezuela, and there’s no word on signings from the Dominican Republic or elsewhere. The team may announce more international signings at some point down the road. Still nothing new on OF Helsin Martinez (who was rumored to have signed last month, a report that Engle refuted) that I know about.