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Angels sign Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin for $8 million

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Jesse Sanchez of reports that Cuban middle infielder Roberto Baldoquin has signed with the Angels for a bonus of $8 million.

Baldoquin defected from Cuba in February and has been staying in the Dominican Republic. Because he’s only 20 years old with limited professional experience Baldoquin’s signing falls under the international spending limits--as opposed to, say, Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, who could sign for any amount--which means the Angels will be tapped out in that regard for the next two years.

He’s likely to begin his America career in the minors, but could emerge as a potential replacement for second baseman Howie Kendrick in 2016.

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