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.

The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.