Mariners sign Dominican outfielder for $2.2 million

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Anteing up $3.5 million to add talent to a system dearly in need of it, the Mariners signed three 16-year-olds out of Latin America to minor league contracts on Thursday, Baseball America reports.
Chief among the players was outfielder Phillips Castillo, a native of the Dominican Republic who signed for $2.2 million. The hope is that he’ll blossom into a major league right fielder with 25- or 30-homer power.
The Mariners also added RHP Jose Torres of Colombia for $851,000 and third baseman Yordyn Calderon from Venezuela for $477,500.
Castillo’s bonus is tied for the third-highest handed out to a Latin player so far this year, behind the $2.8 million RHP Adonis Cardona received from the Blue Jays and the approx. $2.7 million outfielder Ariel Ovando got from Houston. It matches the $2.2 million that third baseman Renato Nunez received from Oakland.
Still available is Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero, a player many expect will get the biggest bonus of the class.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: