San Diego, CA- According to MLB.com reporter Jesse Sanchez the San Diego Padres have signed 21-year-old Dominican right-hander Dinelson Lamet for a $100K signing bonus.
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Sanchez also reports that while Major League teams are currently not allowed to sign any more players from last seasons 2013-14 international signing period, the San Diego Padres and Dinelson Lamet were able to finalizing the deal last week before the deadline. Dinelson Lamet’s salary will not count towards the Padres signing pool for this season’s international signing period, which begins on July 2.
According to Dennis Lin of UT-San Diego, Dinelson Lamet is an intriguing prospect with ability to develop both a plus fastball and a plus breaking ball.
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"Great kid with a bright future. My last INTL signing as I focus on PD & Chad MacDonald takes over INTL. – Randy Smith San Diego Padres Vice President of Player Development"
Smith has been the Padres vice president of player development/international scouting since 2011, after serving Padres director of player development/international operations since January 2010. Smith previously spent six seasons (1996-2001) as the vice president of baseball operations and general manager of the Detroit Tigers and was the Padres vice president of baseball operations and general manager from 1993-95. It could be interesting to see if the Padres relieve Josh Byrnes of his duties as general manager, if they turn to Smith to be the team’s general manager on an interim basis.