Baldoquin deal expected to be finalized by New Year
Cuban middle infielder Roberto Baldoquin, who agreed to an $8 million signing bonus with the Angels in early November, is expected to obtain his visitor visa from the Dominican Republic by the end of December, an industry source said Monday.
Once Baldoquin obtains his visa, he can fly to the United States, take his physical and sign on the dotted line, a process that isn’t expected to last longer than 72 hours. The Angels haven’t commented on the agreement and can’t until it’s finalized.
Baldoquin, who turns 21 in May, would likely be invited to Major League Spring Training and could start the season in Double-A.
The right-handed hitter is deemed by some evaluators to already be capable of handling shortstop at the Major League level, but still needs to prove he can produce consistently at the plate. The Angels went after him aggressively because third baseman David Freese and second baseman Howie Kendrick are free agents at season’s end, with shortstop Erick Aybar slated for free agency after 2016.
The Angels — taxed 100 percent on the overage and unable to sign anybody for more than $300,000 for the next two international signing periods because of the Baldoquin agreement — likely won’t make another major addition in this international signing period.
— Alden Gonzalez