International Signings 2012

International Free Agent signing season opened yesterday (7/3) and the Indians have quickly been making moves. Already the Tribe has signed Japanese pitcher Naoki Hashimoto and Venezuelan catcher Yoiber Marquina. They have also made agreements with four players out of the Dominican Republic including catcher Francisco Mejia, outfielder Hector Caro and infielder Grofy Cruz.

The International market has been a huge success in recent years for the Tribe as they have brought in such players as Rafael Perez, Fausto Carmona, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta. I for one hope they do a background check on this Grofy character as there is no way that is his real name. We don’t want to see another Roberto Heredia Hernandez here. The biggest signing of this group is Hector Caro who is 16 years old and will be making a reported $1.1 million signing bonus.

Joseph Coblitz

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Joseph is the primary writer and editor of and has been since its inception in 2011. He also writes for The Outside Corner and the Comeback and hosts the Tribe Time Now podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. Follow on twitter @BurningRiverBB