Dodgers sign Alberto Estrella for $600,000, inch closer to international bonus pool limit

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The Dodgers continue to be aggressive in the international market, inking shortstop Alberto Estrella out of the Dominican Republic for $600,000, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.

Estrella, a 16-year-old who has played in the International Prospect League, stands out for his size (6-foot-4, 195 pounds) and righthanded power potential. Estrella, who has spent time at shortstop, might be able to play third base but with his build he could end up at first base or an outfield corner spot. He trains with Arquimedes Guerrero, whose nickname is “Pla,” and was also represented by Rob Plummer.

Estrella is not ranked in the top 30 international prospects by Baseball America. His bat has promise, but it seems like it’ll have to pan out for him to be relevant in the system.

Alberto Estrella is a 16-year-old Dominican switch-hitter with some power, but at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and very limited speed or athleticism, he’s probably going to end up at first base. There’s some stiffness to his game, so any team that signs him is banking on his bat coming around.

As far as the international bonus pool cap goes, the Dodgers acquired cap space in both the Carlos Marmol and Ricky Nolasco deals, with the amounts checking in at $209,700 and $197,000, respectively. Therefore, the team now has $2,519,600 total to spend, as prior to the Nolasco trade, the Dodgers had $2,322,600 total.

Of that cap room, they have previously spent $1 million to sign SS Lucas Tirado, and $200,000 each to sign OF Daniel Padilla and RHP Alvaro Trillo. RHP Sven Schuller was also signed, but to an undisclosed amount. So with the addition of Estrella, the team is already somewhere north of $2 million, leaving them with around $500,000 to spend until June 2014.

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