You’ve doubtless read, courtesy of colleague Dave O’Brien, that the Braves have signed shortstop Edward Salcedo, an 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic. The team likes Salcedo enough to have given him a $1.6 million signing bonus, which is fairly big money for the organization that wanted Johnny Damon, who’s twice Salcedo’s age, to accept deferred money.
As DOB notes, the Braves could afford to invest in a young free agent because they have no first-round pick in the June draft, having forfeited theirs after signing Billy Wagner. And Salcedo has been the apple of teams’ eye for a long time now: He was reported as having signed with Cleveland in 2007 — the figure mentioned was $2.9 million — but the deal, for reasons still unclear, never went through.
For a detailed look on the curious non-contract with the Indians and questions over Salcedo’s age, read this informative assessment from Ben Badler of Baseball America. And here, from the Cleveland perspective, was Anthony