Friday, April 15, 2011

Leonys Martin update

TR Sullivan has a Leonys Martin update, suggesting that he has indeed signed for a 15m$ bonus, and that all of the naysayers are full of shit:

Rangers have faith in Cuban star

NEW YORK -- The Rangers have yet to announce the signing of outfielder Leonys Martin, a 23-year-old Cuban defector who has agreed to a $15 million signing bonus. That announcement will come next week.

But there is already speculation about just how good Martin is, and some reports have suggested he has "flaws in his swing," an "undisclosed leg injury" or is not an elite defender. The Rangers are not commenting on Martin yet, but club officials suggest privately that they believe Martin has the whole package, including speed, a strong arm, plus defense and the ability to drive the ball at the plate.

The price tag is staggering, but the Rangers have been aggressive with international signings and they believe Martin could be a frontline center fielder. He will work out with the Rangers on the next homestand but is expected to start his U.S. career at Double-A Frisco.


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