Cuban super talent Leonys Martin appears to be about a week or two from being able to report to a Rangers affiliate, and El Nuevo News has the details of his contract. It looks to be $10.5 million with a $5 million signing bonus.
According to Joey Matschulat, this is the second largest deal ever awarded to a Cuban defector. At this point, the 23-year old Martin can probably now stake claim to Texas Centerfielder of the Future.
For hilarity, a Babelfish translation of the El Nuevo story follows the jump.
A small bureaucratic technicality has prevented that Leonys Martin cannot make cash its agreement by $15,5 million with the Rangers of Texas, according to informed to the New Herald a source very near the negotiations.
The Cuban pelotero already passed all the examinations physical strictly speaking and has the approval of jerarcas of the tax exemptions texana, but it follows in the hope of the work permission that would cross the passage to him towards a bond of $5 million by the company/signature of the pact and the beginning of its route like professional in the equipment of farm of the Rangers in Arizona.
"Everything must arrive to him in one or two weeks, but the pact, by all means, follows still on and without problem alguno'', expressed the source, that did not want to reveal its name, because the agreement not yet is official. "Thus he has been everything with Martin from the beginning, its case has been delayed a little more which had circumstances with its papers. But it does not have to be hopeless, with its youth, has the world por delante''.
The contract of Martin is of Great Leagues and the equipment only hopes is made official to locate it within roster of 40 peloteros. Martin escaped of Cuba and arrived at Mexico in August of the 2010, but difficulties with the documentation necessary to settle down partly delayed the process that must follow all pelotero that escapes of the island.
Villareño, that perhaps outside the best central gardener of Cuba at the time of escaping, batted,326 (322-105), with 10 home runs and 23 doubles in the last National Series in which he participated. Of by life in the Antillean matches, he compiled for,314 with 38 quadrangular, 62 doubles and 14 triples, all this in five seasons played. He participated in the conducted World-wide Classic Second in the 2009. He batted of 7-2 with three written down.
According to reports of talent evaluators that have seen him, Martin knows to rob bases and to touch the ball, owns defensive qualities over the average, excellent and precise arm and is not free of force.
"Not in vain rangers gave that contract him by five seasons, because they evaluated his talent and the fact that it owns 23 years of edad'', it added the source. "The equipment will be able to polish it a time more in the Minors and, without hardships, it will take the great carp when he is totally listo''.