UPDATED: The Mariners have confirmed the signing.
"We are happy to add a multi-tools player at a premium position to our organization,"GM Jack Zduriencik said. “Congratulations to Bob Engle, Patrick Guerrero and our Latin America scouting staff as we continue to build this organization and assemble talent.” According to Baseball America, the Mariners have signed 17-year-old shortstop Esteilon Peguero out of the Dominican Republic to a $2.9 million signing bonus. Of course it was Director of International scouting Bob Engle and his top supervisor Patrick Guerrero, who got the deal done.
It is the highest signing bonus given to an international amateur this year.
The Mariners won't officially confirm the report, yet. But Baseball America gets it right in these situations.
Peguero stands 6-1 and weighs 185 pounds. He is considered a good hitting prospect and smooth fielder.
In July, the Mariners signed six international players, including Phillips Castillo, who got a $2.2 million signing bonus.