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A’s sign Dominican outfielder Vicmal De La Cruz for $800,000

Nov 11, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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Oakland hasn’t wasted any time making moves this offseason, bidding $17 million to win the exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, trading Vin Mazzaro and Justin Marks to the Royals for David DeJesus, and now spending $800,000 to sign 16-year-old prospect Vicmal De La Cruz out of the Dominican Republic.

Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that De La Cruz is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound, left-handed-hitting outfielder who “scouts said … had some of the best all-around tools of any prospect from this year’s international signing class.”

BA also has some footage of De La Cruz hitting.

  1. apbaguy - Nov 11, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    Pretty clearly the A’s see value in the international market, where younger players can be developed within the system (like an EPL Academy) at relatively less cost than a drafted American player. None of the players signed by the A’s since they began this run have yet reached the majors, they are still a couple of years away at best, so the few of us remaining fans look to moves like the DeJesus trade as indicators that the A’s learned something from the Giants in getting mid-priced players who, when combined with the young pitching staff, can have a cumulative impact on the Division race. We’ll probably need 2 more signings like DeJesus, one with real power.

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