In a frenzy or July 2 trade activity, the Cubs completed three deals that added nearly $1 million to their international spending budget. One of those trades sent Double-A second baseman Ronald Torreyes to the Astros for Houston's second and third international bonus slots, which are valued at $784,700.
Chicago netted another $178,400 in international pool space—money they might apply toward signing No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez—in the deal that sent Scott Feldman to the Orioles for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop and Baltimore's third and fourth international bonus slots. The Cubs surrendered their fourth and final bonus slot when they shipped Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers for Matt Guerrier. Both relievers had been designated for assignment.
Ronald Torreyes, 2b
Age: 20. Bats: R.
Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Reds, Feb. 23, 2010 … Traded by Reds with LHP Travis Wood and OF Dave Sappelt to Cubs for LHP Sean Marshall, Dec. 23, 2011.
A short, righty-hitting Venezuelan second baseman with barrel awareness but not much impact in the power or speed departments, Torreyes' general profile resembles that of the Astros' Jose Altuve at the same age. Of course, in Altuve's case he hit .389 in the minors the following season, reached the big leagues and didn't look back. Torreyes may not be on quite that trajectory, but with solid defensive tools at second base and supreme contact ability, he may find a path to big league playing time.
The Astros' international bonus slots two ($468,400) and three ($316,300) are valued at $784,700.