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Report: Rangers sign former Braves prospect Yenci Pena

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Another former Braves prospect has latched onto a new team, per Baseball America’s Ben Badler. The Rangers reportedly inked shortstop Yenci Pena to a $675,000 signing bonus, which will add to the $1.05 million Pena already received from the Braves.

Pena, 17, originally signed on with Atlanta last July as part of a group that included shortstop Kevin Maitan, catcher Abrahan Gutierrez and infielders Yunior Severino and Livan Soto. In 2017, he spent his age-16 season in the Dominican Summer League and hit .230/.328/.655 with 11 extra-base hits and seven stolen bases in 190 plate appearances.

With Pena off the market, just four ex-Braves prospects still remain unsigned: right-hander Juan Contreras, shortstop Angel Rojas and outfielders Antonio Sucre and Brandol Mezquita. According to Badler, the four are eligible to accept a second signing bonus through January 15. Of the nine players who have already found a landing spot this winter, Yunior Severino (Twins) and Kevin Maitan (Angels) have commanded the highest bonuses, at $2.5 million and $2.2 million, respectively.

Dodgers acquire Manny Machado from Orioles for five minor leaguers

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The Orioles and Dodgers finally completed the trade involving Manny Machado, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Orioles will receive five prospects from the Dodgers: Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Zach Pop, Rylan Bannon, and Breyvic Valera.

Machado, 26, is in the final year of his contract, so this is currently a rental for the first-place Dodgers. Machado ended the first half batting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI, 48 runs scored, and eight stolen bases in 413 plate appearances. In Los Angeles, he will handle shortstop, allowing Chris Taylor to move over to second base.

MLB Pipeline rated Diaz as the Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect and No. 84 across baseball. Kremer was No. 27 in the Dodgers’ system and Bannon was No. 28.

Diaz, 21, is considered the centerpiece of the trade. The outfielder hit .314/.428/.477 with 20 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, and 36 runs scored in 264 plate appearances at Double-A Tulsa this season.

Kremer, 22, was selected by the Dodgers in the 14th round of the 2016 draft. He spent most of his season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga before earning a promotion to Tulsa earlier this month. Overall, in 17 starts, the right-hander posted a 3.03 ERA with a 125/29 K/BB ratio in 86 innings.

Pop, 21, was selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. He has spent his season between Rancho Cucamonga and Single-A Great Lakes. Overall, he compiled a 1.04 ERA with 47 strikeouts and 13 walks in 43 1/3 innings of relief.

Bannon, 22, was selected by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2017 draft. With Rancho Cucamonga this season, the infielder batted .296/.402/.559 with 20 home runs and 61 RBI in 403 PA.

Valera, 26, has appeared in 20 games at the major league level for the Dodgers this season, batting a meager .172 with a .445 OPS in 34 PA. Valera has versatility, having played second base, third base, and corner outfield this year while also having experience in center field, shortstop, and first base.