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Report: Rangers Agree to Contract with Cuban Prospect Julio Pablo Martinez

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 6, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24: A Texas Rangers batting helmet in the dugout before a game against  the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 24, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Rangers defeated the Yankees 8-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Cuban prospect Julio Pablo Martinez has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Texas Rangers

Per Baseball America's Ben Badler, Martinez will receive a $2.8 million signing bonus from the Rangers. 

Ben Badler @BenBadler

Julio Pablo Martinez has a $2.8 million deal with the Rangers: https://t.co/bF9QfaIRBe https://t.co/wR31aSgXhZ

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan noted an official announcement is expected soon. 

Martinez defected from Cuba in November with the goal of playing in Major League Baseball. MLB cleared him last month, and Tuesday was the first day he was eligible to sign with a team.

A 21-year-old outfielder, Martinez ranked No. 2 on MLB.com's international prospects list for 2017. The scouting report highlighted his "speed on the bases and in the outfield and his above-average power."

Badler noted Martinez has the skill set to start this season in High-A or Double-A, and that he would slot in at No. 60 on this year's Baseball America top 100 prospects list. 

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