Jose Perdomo, 17-Year-Old Venezuelan Shortstop, Agrees To $5 Million Signing Bonus With Braves

NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Perdomo agreed to a $5 million bonus with the Atlanta Braves on Monday, the largest amount on the first day of the 2024 international signing period and the highest for a Venezuelan-born international amateur.

The 17-year-old shortstop was rated the No. 3 eligible prospect by MLB.com.

Leo De Vries, rated the top prospect, agreed to $4.2 million with the San Diego Padres. De Vries turned 17 on Oct. 11.

Vladi Miguel Guerrero, an outfielder/infielder who is a son of Hall of Fame slugger Vladimir Guerrero and a half-brother of Toronto star Vladimir Guerrero Jr., agreed with the New York Mets at $117,000. The Mets also reached a deal with the No. 6 prospect, catcher Yovanny Rodriguez, at $2.85 million.

Others receiving more than $2 million included Dominican shortstop Fernando Cruz with the Chicago Cubs ($4 million), Dominican shortstop Joseph Dawel with Seattle at $3 million, Venezuelan outfielder Victor Hurtado with Washington at $2.7 million, Dominican outfielder Adolfo Sanchez with Cincinnati at $2.7 million and Dominican shortstop Joswa Lugo with the Los Angeles Angels at $2.3 million.

Players born from Sept. 1, 2006, through Aug. 31, 2007, are eligible to sign during this year’s period, which ends Dec. 15. Teams have signing bonus pools ranging from about $4.65 million to approximately $7.1 million; signing bonuses of $10,000 and under don’t count against a team’s cap.

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