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Angels sign young Dominican outfielder Sala


CHICAGO -- The Angels kicked off the international signing period on Wednesday by agreeing to terms with 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Johan Sala, an industry source confirmed to MLB.com. According to Baseball America, the contract is worth $300,000, leaving the Angels with just over $2 million left in their international spending pool.

The Angels made no comment on the signing.

Sala, who played in the International Prospect League, is said to have a quick bat and an aggressive approach at the plate, along with above-average speed that allows him to play center field.

The international signing period began Wednesday and runs until June 15 of next year. Each team is allotted a $700,000 base and a bonus pool based on the team's record in 2013, a figure ranging from $5,015,400 for the Astros, who had the Majors' lowest winning percentage last season, to $1,866,300 for the Cardinals, who had the highest winning percentage.

Last year, the Angels' biggest splurge was on Venezuelan left-hander Ricardo Sanchez, a then 16-year-old who signed for $580,000 -- a figure representing more than 25 percent of last year's spending pool.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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