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Texas Rangers agree to deals with Leodys Taveras, Miguel Aparicio

Ben Badler reports that the Texas Rangers have agreed to deals with 16 year old international outfielders Leodys Taveras and Miguel Aparicio

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to deals with Leodys Taveras and Miguel Aparicio, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.

Taveras is a 16 year old center fielder from the Dominican Republic who was the #3 player on BA's top 30 international prospect list, and #7 on the Fangraphs list.  He's a 6'1", 165 switch hitter who is the cousin of former Astros and Rockies outfielder Wily Taveras, and who is described as having solid tools across the board.

Aparicio is a 16 year old outfielder from Venezuela who is #14 on the BA top 30 and #27 on the Fangraphs.  He's a 5'11", 170 lb. lefty hitter and thrower who, like Taveras, has a solid tools across the board, without one big-time loud tool that jumps out at you.

The Rangers' bonus pool is $4,586,600 this year.  Taveras was expecting to sign for $2-3M, while Aparicio was projected at around $500,000, so the Rangers still have some room to spend without going over their pool.  There is some thought that, with the Dodgers, Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs and other prominent teams being unable to go more than $300,000 per player in next year's J-2 class, the Rangers would hold off busting their pool this year, planning to go big next year.

UPDATE -- Ben Badler says Taveras got $2.1M from the Rangers:

Jesse Sanchez says Aparicio got $500,000:

That leaves the Rangers with around $2M in pool money to spend.