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Rays sign No. 1 rated international prospect Adrian Rondon for $3 million on his 16th birthday

Jul 7, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Things haven’t gone according to plan in Tampa Bay this season, but the Rays just made a huge splash for their future by signing Baseball America’s top-ranked international prospect for $2.95 million.

Today is the first day Adrian Rondon is eligible to sign because it’s his 16th birthday and the Rays moved quickly to add the right-handed-hitting shortstop from the Dominican Republic.

Tampa Bay must believe that Rondon is destined for stardom because Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that by going so far beyond their designated spending limits the Rays will be forced to pay a 100 percent tax on all international spending above $2 million and won’t be allowed to sign any prospects for more than $300,000 for a while.

But if Rondon turns into a stud 4-5 years down the road no one will remember any of those penalties.

(Check out Badler’s scouting report on Rondon by clicking here.)

  1. shawnuel - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Thank God the Yankees didn’t get him.

    • chc4 - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Yeah b/c we all know the Yankees org doesn’t need anymore young talent. lol

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Ya they only signed pretty much everyone else the past few days. If they got Rondon and Lara too, that would just be sick.

  2. aresachaela - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    OMG…. 16!? Wow

  3. happytwinsfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    By which country’s legal code is this contract governed by? If under US law, don’t you have to be at least 18 to be legally bound by a contract?

    • xcrunner08 - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      No. Under US Law you can sign a legally binding contract before your 18th birthday. Every year hundreds, if not thousands, of high school athletes sign NCAA Letters of Intent before their 18th birthday (myself included)

  4. 22yearsagotoday - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Who said guys can’t have “sweet 16s”?

  5. 4cornersfan - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    How many number 1 international prospects are there? Last week I read that the Yankees signed Nos. 1 and 2. Is this like pro boxing or wrestling where everybody is the champion of something?

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