Padres sign Cuban OF prospect Jorge Ona for $7M

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As expected, the San Diego Padres have reportedly signed top Cuban prospect Jorge Ona one day after he was cleared as a free agent by Major League Baseball.

By those that have seen him, Ona has drawn comparisons to Yasiel Puig. At 6’2″ and 200 lbs at 19 years old, the young Cuban has shown the ability to hit for average and power, and has a plus-arm that could fit into right field at Petco Park one day.

The Padres have gone over their international bonus pool of spending, which means that the team will be unable to spend more than $300k on international free agents in either of the next two offseasons. It also means that every dollar spent by the team on a free agent now must be matched dollar-for-dollar in penalties paid to MLB, which puts the Padres over $60 million spent on international free agents alone this offseason.

Ona will reportedly be sent to Fort Wayne as a part of the Tin Caps (Low A) roster.

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