The Washington Times - July 2, 2013, 08:37PM

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with seven international free agents on Tuesday, July 2, as this year’s international signing period opened. 

The team announced the signings of right-handed pitcher Edwin Adames, catcher Jose Cabello, right-handed pitcher Angel Guillen, left-handed pitcher Jose Jimenez, outfielder Victor Robles, outfielder Dany Rojas and catcher Edwin Trejos.


Working with the smallest pool of bonus money, as determined by Major League Baseball in accordance with a team’s 2012 record, the Nationals spent about $600,000 of their allotted $1.85 million on the seven players they secured on Tuesday, according to a source with knowledge of the agreements, and they plan to use their full allotment to secure more international talent.

The largest bonus, which was six figures, went to center fielder Victor Robles from the Dominican Republic, according to a source. A 16-year-old the Nationals say has plus speed, a strong throwing arm and “overall athleticism required to play all three outfield spots,” Robles is 6 feet tall and weighs 185 pounds. 

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Adames, 16, is a 6-foot-2, 190 lbs. native of the Dominican Republic with an impressive three-pitch mix.

Cabello, 16, is a power-hitting backstop from Venezuela. He is 5-foot-11, 185 lbs and possesses a strong throwing arm from behind the plate.

The 16 year-old Guillen, who is currently 6-foot-2 and 155 lbs., is known as a strike thrower with three pitches. He signed out of Venezuela.

Jimenez, 16, is a 6-foot-1, 190 lbs. southpaw that projects as a hard-throwing starting pitcher with good feel for his changeup. He hails from the Dominican Republic.

A 5-foot-9, 160 lbs. native of the Dominican Republic, Rojas is a 16 year-old outfielder and left-handed hitter who projects to hit near the top of the lineup.

Trejos, 16, is a 6-foot-0, 160lbs. native of Panama with above-average defensive skills behind the plate and a line-drive hitting stroke at it.  

The way the international signing deadline works, a 16-year-old international player can sign from July 2 through June 15 of the following year, as long as he turns 17 before Sept. 1 or by the completion of his first minor league season. The rules also apply to any international prospects who are already 17 years or older and have not previously signed.

The Nationals, understanding that their small amount pool money would limit them when it came to the higher-priced prospects, opted not to try and use up their entire bonus pool on the first day of the signing period, especially given some of the talent that will be eligible later this summer.

One player the team has long had on its radar screen is third baseman Anderson Franco, who is out of the Dominican Republic. The Nationals have been following Franco for several years, and they like him. He will turn 16 on Aug. 15 and will then be eligible to sign. Baseball America first linked the Nationals to Franco.