Cubs have reportedly signed top IFA 3B-SS Wladimir Galindo

I put a question mark at the end here because it's unconfirmed, but it appears that 17 year old Wladimir Galindo has signed with the Cubs.  Galindo was the 25th ranked international prospect per

The news comes from Galindo himself as he posted this tweet and picture.  He's also wearing a Cubs jacket in his twitter photo.

A story here by Diario El Siglo states that he is 16 years old, which may explain until he waited until now to sign. has his date of birth listed as 1/6/1996. Whatever his age, Galindo was excited to be signing his first pro contract,

This is a dream for which I've worked so hard;   I want to keep working hard so that I can reach the big leagues in the future.  Soon I will make the trip to the United States to train find out where I will be assigned.

According to Jonathan Mayo at,

Keep an eye on Galindo. The infielder has progressed in all areas of his game and has emerged as one of the top prospects from Venezuela since MLB's National Showcase in Venezuela last November. Listed as a shortstop, Galindo has also shown the ability to play third base and shined at the position at MLB's International Showcase in January.

Galindo could end up at one of the corner spots in the infield or make the shift to the outfield because of his size (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) and strong arm. But he might be athletic enough to stay at shortstop.

Scouts like his big body and his raw power. Galindo also has the ability to hit for power to all fields and has a knack for putting the barrel of his bat on the ball. He is sometimes fooled by offspeed pitches and could use more game experience.

We will update when we have more information...

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    bring on more lotto tickets

  • In reply to NateDHummel:

    Absolutely. Can't hurt and Cubs already way over limit anyway. No official word but certainly seems that he has signed. Big kid with some athleticism and raw power. Good place to start for a 3B.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John I know we are over the IFA limit for spending this year. My question is when does the year start, Jan 1 or July 1, 2013? If it was July 1, 2013 then we can keep on spending on kids who turn 16 between now and next July 1, 2014? If that is true then we may not be done picking up high priced elite international prospects. Boy I like this FO approach better and better.

  • In reply to John57:

    Can keep spending until the next signing period starts in July. I'm glad they turned this CBA on it's ear. They liked this class and they doubled -- or even tripled up on signings this year in exchange for having less money to spend next year in a weaker class. It's a good tradeoff. They have at least two years worth of top talent anyway this year.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    With Jimenez, Torrez, Moreno, Tseng, Mejia and now Galindo it looks like they got 6 top 30 level talent prospects. If the top 30 international prospects were divided evenly among the 30 MLB teams, every team would get one. We got SIX!! I would say we got six years of top talent. Looks like the makings of a future wave.

    And we don't get less money to spend next IFA signing year, we just can't spend over $250,000 on any one prospect.

    This is like an unexpected Christmas present.

  • In reply to John57:

    True, thanks for the distinction. I think the Cubs can do a lot of damage with $250K, though they will have to find some diamonds in the rough early and often, sign them quickly (even if they have to overpay, imo) and make up for what they won't get in top shelf talent with volume.

  • So I was told that the Cubs plan for next year is to load up on pitchers. Overspend this year on hitters and sign like 20 live arms next year all for under $500,000 each. Brilliant!

  • In reply to Ibleedcubbieblue:

    I like that plan. Arms are so hard to project at that age so not a bad idea to attack with volume.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Apparently that was the Cubs plan all along. They hired some guy who helped write the IFA rules and had him find the loophole. Like you said pitching is so hard to project at that age so why not just sign a bunch of pitchers cheap.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    This FO has me more excited than ever since I've been a Cub fan. I think they are doing a great job and results are right around the corner.
    I still think (maybe hope) there will be a surprise before Apr.
    In any event its a good time to be a Cub fan.

  • In reply to Ibleedcubbieblue:

    They overspent on some pitchers as well, namely Erling Moreno and Jefferson Mejia.

    Reportedly they liked the high end talent in this year's class and not so much in next year's causing them to take the quantity, wide net approach next year.

    While I think the volume approach is a solid one given that so much projection is left for most of these kids, I question that storyline given the Cubs efforts to acquire more IFA spending money via trades than they were able to get. It could be that they tried to avoid the penalty and couldn't so they then adopted the volume approach after the fact.

  • In reply to Quedub:

    Also Tseng.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Isn't that what the astronauts drink?

  • In reply to Mike Partipilo:

    Yes. Taiwanese astronauts...

  • In reply to Quedub:

    also Tseng

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    Ha! and Tseng too!

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    And I raise you a Soler power.

  • In reply to Ibleedcubbieblue:

    Not a bad idea, especially since most of our young up-and coming talent is position players. Drafting 10-20 young arms next year will fill the bill nicely, especially considering the attrition rate. If 3 of them get to the big leagues and are stars, theres your rotation for 5-6 years.

  • Since the Cubs are already over the limit for 2013-14 signing period, they might as well sign guys before the July 2nd deadline and we switch over to the 2014-15 signing period in which the Cubs will be limited to $250,000 per player. So long as the Cubs don't spend so much that they go over the next spending limit, it's good to see them going and getting more talent.

    Two questions: why did he wait so long to sign and how much did he sign for? I guess one more question would be, did that amount put the Cubs over the limit in which they would incur the next penalty?

  • In reply to Quedub: has him listed at having just turned 17 but somebody else was saying he was 16. I went with age but would make some sense if age was wrong by a year on, that would mean he just became eligible to sign a month ago.

    I don't know the bonus or whether it has surpassed the limit for next penalty. Guess is they would avoid further penalties.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    After a little digging, it appears there is no greater penalty than not being able to spend more than $250,000 on any given player. The only thing they are incurring is a 100% tax on every player they sign. Essentially, whatever the Cubs spent on Galindo, they have to send that same amount to MLB. Does anyone know if I got that right?

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    In reply to Quedub:

    That's exactly what I understood it to be, and OOTP 14 has the same maximum penalty, which I know is a game but it was updated to feature the new CBA rules.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    Best baseball sim on the market. I'd trust the game more than I would trust half the junk I read on the interwebs.

  • He'll be more than ready to take over short just as the FO is ready to trade away Castro after Castro refuses to extend his contract.....

  • Here's the article from Venezuela, John

    He looks like Starlin Castro a couple of years back.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Thanks I actually just added a different article in. They have him as being 16 years old, which may explain why he waited until now to sign.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Oh yeah, just noticed and yeah, it makes sense, it's not unusual to see some teams sign some IFA's in Dec as they waited for them to turn 16.

  • From the best that I can make out, the article states he is a natural 3B who was signed by scout Hector Ortega. He's reportedly 16 and idolizes Miguel Cabrera. He very politely thanked God, his parents, the Academy he attended and his coach as well as the Cubs organization.

  • He sure doesn't look like a kid who just turned 16. He's big. If the age is right, he'd be turning 18 in a couple weeks. Hope we don't have a nullified contract due to inaccurate age reporting...

  • I really like what the front office has been doing on the IFA front. The plan of course is to NOT be picking top 4 on domestic amateur draft board for much longer. All these 16-18 year old internationals should be emerging on our low level farm teams just when our current high draft picks are in Chicago and in AAA - creating another potential high impact wave of talent. (augmented of course by what we hope are LOW first round picks in those coming years!)

  • Does anyone know which IFAs are still available? I believe Wasner Peguero is still unsigned and SS Obispo Aybar-Lara will become eligible to sign in April.

  • I always try to enjoy the current moment, but I sure do like thinking about the future of this organization. Great signing.

  • How long do most prospects stay in the DSL or VSL before they come (if they come) to rookie league in Mesa or Boise?

  • In reply to historyrat:

    That completely depends on the prospect. Usually, the good ones spend one year south of the border before coming north. Highly regarded signings like this year's Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres (ranked 1st and 3rd overall by may not go to the DSL/VSL at all, depending on how the perform in extended spring training.

    Other top IFA signings, like 2011 million dollar bonus baby Luis Acosta, struggle mightly in the DSL and may never come north.

    Mark Malave, who received the biggest contract in 2011 (1.6 mill), spent one season in the DSL before playing in the Arizona Rookie League last season. Jeimer Candelario signed for $500,000 in 2010, spent one summer in the DSL and jumped to Boise the following year skipping the rookie ball entirely. It all depends on how the prospect performs. Starlin Castro, Junior Lake, Gioskar Amaya and Erick Leal all spent just one season in the DSL.

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  • In reply to Quedub:

    Jiminez and Torres were both brought north, and played in the fall instructional league in Arizona. They did not disappoint, more than holding their own against mostly 20 and 21 year olds. I heard the brass was impressed with Torres, and surprised how much he was driving the ball into the gaps for his size.
    The real prize I think will be Tseng, kind of a prodigy in many ways.

  • Does taking part in fall instructs preclude them from being sent to the DSL/VSL the following summer?

    And I hope you're right on Tseng. Cubs need as many arms as they can get...

  • I love the front office’s 3-5 year plan they put in place when they came to the organization.  There are so many different branches of it but Internationally, they were going for home run, impact players right away with Conception, Soler, etc.  they didn’t hit on every one but that is the name of the game.  They signed them for big contracts and now we are going to the next level.  Smaller contracts, younger players that we can add more quantity and find the out if there is quality down the road.  I don’t think they paid as much for this entire class as they did just for Soler.  Next year they will go even lower in the price of contracts and increase the quantity even more.  Having put place impact minor leaguers like Soler and others through the draft and trade, we have the foundation set; now we can afford to go with a volume approach and find that diamond in the rough.  This makes it even less expensive years from now when we are going to have to pony up money to keep our first wave of impact players from singing with other MLB teams.  I love this front office’s way of thinking years ahead instead of shooting from the hip with whoever the free agent class has to offer each winter.

  • I love the approach with the IFAs. A couple years from now we won't be having these high end talents coming into our system because hopefully we will be winning and not getting top 5 picks in the draft anymore. These signings are a solid wave of talent that will keep our farm one of the best in MLB even after the big 4 make it to MLB.

  • In reply to Holy Cattle:

    I hope you're right. Even the big money signings can sometimes be total busts. They are so young, many very raw, that it's difficult to project who will become a top prospect. But I like this FO's ability to scout, and the more signings the merrier. You never know who will emerge. Starlin Castro was signed for $45,000. Jeimer Candelario for $500,000. Bust Luis Acosta, a pre-Theo acquisition, signed for $1.1 million.

  • Does anyone know which IFAs are still available? I believe Wasner Peguero is still unsigned and SS Obispo Aybar-Lara will become eligible to sign in April. I have that Mayky Perez signed with the Padres, is that accurate?

  • In reply to Quedub:

    SS Yimmelvyn Alonzo remains unsigned, I believe, and pitcher Mayky Perez is out there as well. Both out of the DR.

  • So this gives us what, 6 of the top 30 or so from this IFA class? So we blow through our cap and absorb the fines and yet continue to spend incur more fines? That doesn't jive with all those calling this FO & Ricketts cheap?

    Maybe, just maybe... this FO is taking a very long, very sustainable view to talent acquisition?

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Or maybe it falls into that category with International spending which is why they can go over board in going after Tanaka but don't spend wildly in FA pool because of financial issues

  • In reply to nkniacc13:

    The only financial restraints they have that other teams don;t is the purchase/finance agreement with Sam Zell. Which I don;t see how people can publicly hate Ricketts and accuse him of being tight due to that agreement.

    But they're not specifying, they are saying he doesn't have it. I say BS, they will spend when they identify someone that fits their criteria. I believe their pursuit of Sanchez last year proves this. It's hard to fault the guys for not wanting to pay $150M for a player that will be declining in 3yrs and doesn't fit our timeline....

  • While I realize that the likelihood that all six of these prospects will succeed is infinitesimal, the Cubs will have a severe roster crunch in whichever year they and our first-time-eligible Rule 4 draftees need to be added to the 40-man Winter roster.

  • In reply to cubsin:

    Good point...and while I have to say that I agree that could well end up being an issue 5 years from now, it is a nice problem to have for a change!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    True but by that time hopefully they are competing for titles and making trades to help their major league club not their depth at the minor league level

  • In reply to nkniacc13:

    Very true. I imagine they'll be in a great position to trade multiple young players for impact MLB players at that point. Assume they'd trade from depth, which is part of the reason they are amassing so much young talent to begin with.

  • In reply to cubsin:

    Even if just 3 succeed out of 6, we will have gotten those 3 at a very reasonable cost compared to Choo, Ellsbury and Cano prices in free agency. Process is very sound financially. The 40 man roster problems will be the same as they are every year. You just protect your top 40 who are eligible. We may eventually lose more talented players but that just means the 40 you protected are really really talented. That is a good problem to have.

  • I really like what the cubs have done with these young international signings. Hopefully a few years down the road we end up with late first round draft picks and this allows us to hedge against not getting the talent early in the draft. Also if a few of these guys do succeed when we are contending, giving up draft picks won't seem so devastating with these waves coming through our system. Then we can sign the big free agents and give up our pick to put us over the top and still have sustained success coming up through the farm.

  • In reply to JoeV10:

    True, but also keep in mind that the Red Sox have yet to sign a player that would cost them a draft pick. Neither have the Rays, A's, Cardinals, and a few other contending teams. I suspect even when the Cubs do sign free agents, they'll do so very judiciously.

  • 6'3" 210 and only 17? Sounds like another Jorge Soler in the making.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    The article says he is 16.

  • In reply to mutant beast:

    And some think he may stick at SS, which I think speaks volumes for his athleticism...

  • It looks like IFA signings was this year's inefficiency. The Cubs are making a ridiculous haul in IFA talent this year. And the IFA year is only half over. In the next few years the other teams will be looking to do this but the opportunity to do this again won't be there because everyone will be looking to do it. One team will not be able to acquire a fifth of the year's top talent again. In the upcoming years Theo/Hoyer will be finding another inefficiency to exploit that the other GMs haven't thought of. I am very happy Theo/Hoyer are on our side.

    Happy Holidays everyone.

  • In reply to John57:

    More kudos to the Cubs brass at finding the loop holes before they're closed.

    At the risk of offending some, I would like to take the time to wish all here a Merry Christmas and a most Happy Cubs New Year. Peace on earth to all.

  • Patience....Patience.....It's like baking a cake. First you knead the dough.

  • In reply to Hey Hey:

    Cake uses batter. But if you go through free agency, sometimes you need a lot of dough to get the batter you want, so...

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