CLEVELAND -- The international marketplace opened for business on Tuesday, and the Indians have been busy in their efforts to reel in some global talent.
MLB.com has confirmed that Cleveland has agreed to terms with Japanese right-hander Naoki Hashimoto. His signing bonus was reportedly worth $250,000. According to Baseball America, the Indians have also agreed to sign Venezuelan catcher Yoiber Marquina ($475,000) and catcher Francisco Mejia ($350,000) out of the Dominican Republic.
The Indians have also agreed to sign 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Hector Caro, according to Baseball America. Caro's bonus was believed to be worth $1.1 million. The publication also reported that Cleveland has agreed to terms with Dominican shortstop Grofy Cruz ($400,000), who is expected to shift to third base.
The Indians would not confirm any of the deals.
Under the guidelines of Major League Baseball's latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, each organization is given an allotment of $2.9 million to spend on international signings.