News of the Cubs the Cubs international signings is beginning to trickle in. Earlier in the summer we reported on the signing of two top prospects signed out of Mexico, pitcher Florencio Serrano and infielder Luis Verdugo. The Cubs are limited to a maximum signing bonus of 300K this season, but the rules are slightly different for Mexican prospects that are already the property of professional ball clubs in that country. The Cubs are able to dedicate the money necessary to buy the players out of their contracts with their current clubs as long as the bonus to the players themselves does not exceed their 300K limit.
Yesterday, the Cubs signed another player with pro experience, this time from Cuba. Twenty year old catcher Alexander Guerra played in the Serie Nacional, beginning as a 17-year old in 2015 (.152/.219/.248 in 49 games), then making big strides at the plate as an 18 year old the following year (.267/.375/.465). He did not play last season after defecting. Given his age and prior experience it seems likely that Guerra will begin next season with a full season affiliate despite his time away last season.
As always, Arizona Phil is on top of it all, and has a list of the 25 players the Cubs have signed as part of this class over at The Cub Reporter.
Minor League Re-signings
I also wanted to catch everyone up on a few re-signings the Cubs have made since the season ended among the list of Minor League free agents scheduled to hit the open market this offseason.
So far, pitchers Jose Rosario, Justin Hancock, Daury Torrez, James Pugliese and Pedro Araujo have chosen to re-up with the club. The first four figure to challenge for spots in the Iowa bullpen. Araujo meanwhile, is likely ticketed for Tennessee to begin the year, but the club rewarded him with a spot in the Arizona Fall League where a good performance. If he follows that with a strong spring training it might make any stay in the Southern League a short one for the 24-year old reliever. All five will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this December if they are not added to the 40 man roster, whichis extremely unlikely for all of them. Free agent pitchers that remain unsigned at this moment include PCL saves leader Matt Carasiti and his Iowa teammates Scott Carroll (a late season fill in) and former big leaguer Williams Perez.
On the position player end, the Cubs have brought back catchers Ali Solis, Erick Castillo and Alberto Mineo, shortstop Carlos Penalver, utility man Gioskar Amaya and outfielder Jeffrey Baez. As with the re-signed pitchers, each will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Outfielders John Andreoli, Ryan Kalish and Trey Martin remain unsigned, as well as infielders Chris Dominguez, Elliot Soto, Jemile Weeks and Ozzie Martinez.