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Updated: January 12th, 2012 10:47am
Twins sign 16-year-old Venezuelan pitcher Mauricio Silva

Twins sign 16-year-old Venezuelan pitcher Mauricio Silva

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins have dipped their toes into the international waters once again.

According to Baseball America, the team signed 16-year-old Venezuelan right-hander Mauricio Silva this week with a bonus reportedly worth $370,000.

Per Baseball America, Silva "is 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and was considered one of the more promising Latin American pitching prospects among players who became eligible to sign on July 2, 2011 (or in Silva's case, when he turned 16 on July 24)."

An MLB source said recently that the Twins are expected to spend between $16-18 million this season on international signings and the amateur draft combined.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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