The Indians have signed Dominican corner outfielder Hector Caro for $1.1 million.
Cleveland appears to have strayed significantly from the industry consensus in its evaluation of Caro, a player several teams did not consider to be one of the top prospects in Latin America and was not ranked among the Top 20 international prospects for July 2. While Caro's bonus is surprising based on his scouting reports from several organizations, sources had told Baseball America before July 2 that the Indians were expected to give him a seven-figure bonus.
Caro, a 16-year-old righthanded hitter, has a projectable 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame and has flashed raw power in batting practice, but his swing will need improvement and he's had trouble hitting in games. His speed and arm strength will likely limit him to left field. Caro trained with Ivan Noboa, who last year pulled off a $4.95 million bonus for Nomar Mazara with the Rangers in another deal that few in the industry felt was commensurate with his talent level.
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