SEATTLE — The Mariners have reached an agreement with Dominican shortstop Christopher Torres, 16, at a fraction of his recent market price, according to multiple reports.
There has been no confirmation from the club.
MLB.com reported Torres will get $375,000 from the Mariners after the Yankees pulled what had been reported as an oral agreement for $2.1 million prior to the July 2 start of the international signing period.
Torres’ trainer, Orlando Mazara, told Baseball America the Mariners had offered $1.6 million before the Yankees topped the bid.
Mazara said Yankees subsequently backed off because they believed Torres’ physical condition deteriorated due to inactivity after the two sides reached agreement.
The Yankees have denied they had an oral agreement with Torres. Either way, once Torres went back on the market, his leverage fell considerably because most clubs had already allocated their international spending pools.
Baseball America rated Torres, a switch-hitter who is 6 feet and 170 pounds, as the No. 20 international prospect prior to the start of the international signing period.
“Most clubs regard Torres as a solid prospect who can play in the middle of the diamond…,” Baseball America wrote prior to the start of the signing period. “Most scouts consider him a defensive-oriented player.
“He does work the count with a sense for the strike zone. He has his believers with the bat, showing good hand-eye coordination, decent bat-to-ball skills and an improving stroke from the left side.”