Reports surfaced early in the week that Eddy Julio Martinez had signed with the Giants for $2.5 million. The agreement with the Giants fell apart and reports suggested Martinez was looking for a $3 million bonus. The Cubs have been one of at least a dozen teams interested in Martinez for several months. And Jesse Sanchez indicated the Cubs were willing to step up and pay the additional $500,000 to sign him.
Keith Law reported the deal with the Cubs is pending a physical.
The Cubs have worked out Martinez at least three times since May.
Eddy Julio Martinez falls under the International signing guidelines and was expected to receive more than three times ($10 million) what he reportedly agreed to with the Cubs.
Eddy Julio Martinez hits and throws from the right side. Martinez does not turn 21 until Jan. 18. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound outfielder is frequently compared to a young Andruw Jones.
• MLB.com Scouting Grades – Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 70 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60
Martinez has a “quick and compact power stroke,” can hit the ball out of the park to all fields and he works the count. Defensively, he has shown “good instincts” according to MLB.com with an “accurate arm” that would allow him to play center field. Martinez has played left and according to Baseball America he has the ability to play all three outfield spots.
The Cubs have already committed well-over the 2015-16 International signing bonus pool and will have to pay the 100 percent tax penalty on the overage, plus the front office will not be able to sign an International free agent for more than $300,000 for the next two signing periods. With the Cubs already in the penalty it makes sense to sign as many players as possible during the current signing period.
Updated 10:30pm CDT – Keith Law saw Eddy Julio Martinez this past Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. Law described Martinez as “a premium talent” and was rather impressive with a “display of bat speed and power.” Martinez makes “loud contact to all fields.”
Law did not see Martinez play in a game. A scout Law talked to about Martinez said he has the “potential to play above average-centerfield.” Based on what Law knows about Martinez he is “worth well more than the $3 million the Cubs reportedly will pay him.” Law thinks he is closer to the $10 million talent that reports indicated he would sign for and at $3 million Martinez is “a relative steal.”
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