MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports that the Dodgers have signed Cuban outfielder Yusniel Diaz and second baseman Omar Estevez to deals worth $15.5 million and $6 million, respectively. Both deals are pending physicals.
Diaz ranked third on MLB.com’s list of the 30 best international prospects. The 19-year-old hit .348/.448/.440 for the Havana Industriales. Diaz is known more for speed and athleticism more than his hitting. Estevez did not make MLB.com’s top-30 list.
Estevez, 17, has projectable power and has drawn some praise on defense, but a subpar throwing arm will likely keep him on the right side of the infield.
The Dodgers are in the maximum penalty for going over their allotted bonus pool of $700,000 (reduced from just over $2 million due to trading away slots) and will pay an estimated overage tax of $22 million. Additionally, the Dodgers will be unable to sign an international player for more than $300,000 over the next two international signing periods.