De La Rosa is not quite an average runner according to Baseball America and while he has shown improvement, he does not have the range or arm for shortstop. De La Rosa is seen as a potential offensive-oriented second baseman but where he plays could change as he develops.
Monday, July 2 is the beginning of the international free agent signing period. Under the new CBA, the international system now operates with money pools and like the First-Year Player Draft there are penalties for teams that exceed the pool. Every team will be able to spend $2.9 million without penalty for the 2012-2013 signing period. Beginning in 2013 (2013-2014 signing period), signing pools will range from approximately $1.7 million to $4.8 million and will be based on each team’s winning percentage in the prior season.
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