Marlins CEO Derek Jeter and president of baseball operations Mike Hill announced the signings of the Mesa brothers, top international free-agent outfielders from Cuba. The Mesas were declared free agents by Major League Baseball, and the Marlins were widely viewed as front-runners to sign them.
According to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, Victor Victor, 22, will receive about $5.25 million, and his 17-year-old brother agreed to $1 million.
Victor Victor is ranked No. 1 on the international prospects list by MLB Pipeline.
"From day one, we stressed as an organization the importance of building this organization with depth throughout our Minor League system and the need to invest in the international market," Jeter said. "Today, we have done just that. We have had the opportunity to sign two of the top prospects in the international class.
Signing the Mesa brothers is the Marlins' biggest international free-agent splash since securing the services of Miguel Cabrera as a 16-year-old from Venezuela in 1999.
Jeter making money moves. ¡Viva la Marlins!