Angels sign Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin for $8 million


Jesse Sanchez of reports that Cuban middle infielder Roberto Baldoquin has signed with the Angels for a bonus of $8 million.

Baldoquin defected from Cuba in February and has been staying in the Dominican Republic. Because he’s only 20 years old with limited professional experience Baldoquin’s signing falls under the international spending limits–as opposed to, say, Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, who could sign for any amount–which means the Angels will be tapped out in that regard for the next two years.

He’s likely to begin his America career in the minors, but could emerge as a potential replacement for second baseman Howie Kendrick in 2016.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.