Rangers acquire four Dominican players to open international signing period

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The Rangers reportedly signed four players from Latin America as the international signing period began on Tuesday.

The Rangers had an MLB-mandated budget of $1.94 million for bonuses, but went well over that amount with the four signings, according to multiple reports.

All four players are from the Dominican — OF Jose Almonte ($1.8 million), SS Yeyson Yrizarri ($1.35 million), RHP Marcos Diplan ($1.3 million) and SS Michael De Leon.

De Leon’s bonus was not known, but the first three combined for $4.45 million, well past the $1.94 million budget.

That means the Rangers are subject to incur penalties. If teams exceed 15 percent of their pool money, according to the collective bargaining agreement, “a 100 percent tax on all of the pool overage and loss of right to provide any player in the next succeeding signing period with a bonus in excess of $250,000.”

General manager Jon Daniels could not confirm any signings as the players have yet to pass physicals, but praised team ownership for being supportive of the investments in Latin America.

“Our ownership continues to support baseball operations every way possible,” Daniels said. “They’ve got a big picture vision and want to build a long-term winner and have given us the resources when we’ve asked for them to go out and invest in our infrastructure.”

The Rangers have several international signings making an impact at the big-league level. Martin Perez and Jurickson Profar were July 2 signings, and Leonys Martin was a significant investment even though he wasn’t a July 2 signing.

Others include Adrian Beltre (LA Dodgers), Elvis Andrus (Atlanta) and Engel Beltre (Boston).

As far as other Latin American signings, Daniels said MLB has yet to approve their deal with Dominican left-hander Francis Cespedes, who was signed before this period.

But Jairo Beras, the Dominican outfielder signed in February 2012, has served his one-year suspension and played his first professional game with the Rangers’ rookie league team in Arizona on Tuesday.

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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