Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dodgers sign Alberto Estrella, Dominican shortstop, for $600,000

The Dodgers spent another $600,000 on the international market today by signing infielder Alberto Estrella out of the Dominican Republic.

From Ben Badler of Baseball America:
"Estrella, a 16-year-old who has played in the International Prospect League, stands out for his size (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) and righthanded power potential. Estrella, who has spent time at shortstop, might be able to play third base but with his build he could end up at first base or an outfield corner spot. He trains with Arquimedes Guerrero, whose nickname is 'Pla,' and was also represented by Rob Plummer."
That's one big kid. Odds are, he moves off shortstop and ends up in a corner, as Badler said. It'd obviously be great if Estrella could stick at third base, as it would increase his overall value. But if he ends up at first or a corner outfield spot, it won't be the end of the world.

The Dodgers have now spent more than $2 million on five international prospects thus far (Daniel Padilla, Alvaro Trillo, Sven Schuller, Lucas Tirado). Schuller's bonus is expected to be less than $100,000, according to a source. If his bonus was more than $100,00, it would have been announced. Barring any further cap acquisition, the Dodgers have less than a half-million bucks left to spend on the market, if Schulles bonus is more than $50,000. If it's less than $50,000, it won't count toward the team's cap. It doesn't sound like a lot, but that kind of money can buy a lot of international talent.


  1. Almost feels like they are going to trade for more cap room. I think spent more in two weeks than McCourt in the last 5 years

  2. They could, but that much money could go a long way.