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Report: Mets To Sign Two Top 30 International Prospects

July 02, 2018 - 6:55 pm
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By WFAN.com

According to a report from Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Mets agreed to a $2.7 million deal with catcher Francisco Alvarez from Venezuela and a $1.45 million deal with outfielder Freddy Valdez from the Dominican Republic. The Mets have not confirmed the deals yet. 

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Alvarez is ranked No. 13 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, while Valdez is ranked No. 25. Alvarez is known for his bat, but has a strong arm and is solid defensively. Valdez is a decent defender, but is known for his offensive potential. 

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The Mets received a pool of $4,983,500 for International players. Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like, but can only acquire 75% of a team's initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club's bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.