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Red Sox land two elite international arms

Acosta, Espinoza both among top 10 prospects during signing period

Red Sox land two elite international arms

The Red Sox signed two of the top international free-agent right-handed pitchers on the market on Wednesday, inking Christopher Acosta to a signing bonus worth $1.5 million and Anderson Espinoza to a signing bonus worth $1.8 million, according to industry sources.

Espinoza's $2 million deal also includes $200,000 for college.

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The club did not confirm the signings.

Acosta, who ranks No. 6 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, and Espinoza, who ranks No. 10, are among the best pitchers on the international market this year, and they will be a welcome addition to the club's Minor League system.

Acosta's fastball hovers in the 88-92 mph range, while his changeup might be his best pitch. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Acosta also has an effective curveball that has a good rotation and bite; he uses it in the strike zone both early in counts and as a strikeout pitch.

The 16-year-old has been praised for his command and his overall feel for pitching. Acosta is still fine-tuning his delivery. He is based in La Vega, Dominican Republic, and is trained by Alberto Faña.

Espinoza has three projectable pitches with command, and he's a plus-athlete who has a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation starter. The right-hander's fastball hovers in the 91-93 mph range, and his curveball comes in around 71-73 mph. Espinoza's changeup also has some sinking action.

In accordance to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team is allotted a $700,000 base and a bonus pool based on the team's 2013 record for the international signing period, which started Wednesday. Boston's bonus pool total for this year's signing period is $1,881,700, and the team will be penalized for exceeding its spending limits.

Teams that exceed the pools by 0 to 5 percent have to pay 100 percent tax, and teams that exceed the pools by 5 to 10 percent are not allowed to sign a player for more than $500,000 during the next signing period and have to pay a 100 percent tax on the pool overage. Teams that exceed the pools by 10 to 15 percent are not allowed to sign a player for more than $300,000 during the next signing period and have to pay a 100 percent tax on the pool overage.

In the most severe penalty, teams that exceed the pool by 15 percent or more are not allowed to sign a player for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods, in addition to paying a 100 percent tax on the pool overage.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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