Mariners reportedly reach agreement with Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez, other prospects

Staff writerJuly 3, 2014 

The Mariners reached agreement with Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez, 16, that includes a $1.85 million signing bonus, according to MLB.com.

The News Tribune previously reported a deal was in place between the Mariners and Hernandez, who is 6-foot-Dominican 1 and 170 pounds. The international signing period started Wednesday.

Hernandez is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 overall international prospect. MLB.com also reported the Mariners reached a deal with Dominican catcher Ismerlin Mota for $295,000.

Baseball America reported the Mariners signed three other players from the Dominican Republic: outfielder Danny Contreras, shortstop Steve Branche and right-handed pitcher Juan De Paula.

The Mariners have not confirmed any of the deals. The club can spend up $3,440,700 on international signings without fines or penalties from Major League Baseball.

Hernandez is the only one of the five ranked in Baseball America’s Top 30.

Looking back

It was 23 years ago Friday — Independence Day 1991 — that Jay “Bone” Buhner hit two homers in a game for the first time in his career. Both came against Greg Hibbard in a 3-2 victory over the White Sox at the Kingdome.

Buhner had 22 two-homer games in his 15-year career and all came while playing for the Mariners. He finished with 310 career homers, but he never hit three in a game.

On tap

The Mariners open a three-game weekend series against the White Sox at 4:10 p.m. Pacific time Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rookie Roenis Elias (7-6, 3.96 ERA) will face Chicago ace Chris Sale (7-1, 2.30) in a matchup of left-handers. Root Sports will carry the game.

The series continues with games at 11:10 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday and Sunday.

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