The Braves have emerged as a favorite to land 18-year-old Dominican shortstop Edward Salcedo, a prized prospect who could command a deal worth at least $2 million. The player’s agent, Edgar Mercedes, told the Associated Press that the Braves were the “first option,” but that he’s still open to other offers.
Two years ago Salcedo, at that time a Scott Boras client, reportedly signed with the Indians for $2.3 million. But he ran into visa trouble when the US consulate had doubts about his identity. An only recently completed investigation by MLB confirmed his age. Mercedes said the Braves requested the investigation.