The Rangers are close to sign cuban wonder prospect

He is ranked no. 2 in MLB's Pipeline prospect ranking

Juan Pablo Martinez

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The Rangers are close to an agreement with Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez. Tuesday is the first day Martinez can sign with a Major League club, and he met with the Rangers to finalize the deal. An announcement is expected soon, according to sources.'s Jesse Sanchez reported last week that the Rangers were expecting to sign Martinez as soon as he was eligible. The 21-year-old is a 5-foot-10 outfielder who is No. 2 on MLB Pipeline's International Prospects list, ranking high because of his mix of speed and power.


Martinez's signing bonus is expected to be in the $2.7 million-$2.8 million range. The Rangers have been adding to their international bonus pool through trades with the Reds and Royals in Spring Training.


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