Cubs sign top international free agent Eloy Jimenez

The Cubs added to their big day by signing the top ranked international free agent Eloy Jimenez. The dollar figures aren’t known, but it was reported earlier yesterday that he would sign for about $2.7 million. The Cubs also signed Jefferson Mejia yesterday for $850,000.

Top international prospect Eloy Jimenez has decided to turn down more money from another club to sign with the Cubs, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez (on Twitter). Jimenez, a 16-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic, is regarded as the top international prospect in this year’s July 2 class by both Baseball America and MLB.com. According to Sanchez, an announcement should come within the next few days.

At just 16 years of age, Jimenez is 6’4″ and 200 pounds, and Baseball America’s Ben Badler says that his average raw power and flat swing produce line drives — a combination that could lead to above-average home run power in the future. MLB.com raved about Jimenez in their Top 30:

“Considered the crown jewel of the Class of 2013, Jimenez has one of the best baseball bodies available this year and is considered to be the total package. The teenager has impressed scouts with his intelligence, plus-speed, and gap-to-gap power that is expected to improve as he grows into his body.”

Earlier in the day the Cubs signed Gleybar Torres for $1.7 million and Erling Moreno for $800,000. The Cubs landed a lot of talent in international free agency. It will be a long time before we see these guys at the big league level, though. It will be 2 to 3 years before we see them in the US.

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