According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the New York Mets have given Dominican shortstop Willian Lugo a $475,000 international signing bonus.
The 16-year-old trained at the Javier Rodriguez Alliance Baseball Academy. He’s listed at 6’2”, 180 pounds and will turn 17 on January 2, 2019.
The Mets were able to sign Lugo after receiving $1 million in international bonus money in the Jeurys Familia trade from the Oakland Athletics.
On July 2 (first day of the 2018-2019 international signing period) the Mets gave Francisco Alvarez a new franchise record $2.7 million signing bonus and outfielder Freddy Valdez received a $1.45 million signing bonus.
Given his above average speed, soft hands and athletic frame, Lugo could stay at shortstop long-term.
By my calculation, the Mets still have roughly $800,000 left to spend during this international signing period.