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Rangers, Pirates Moving Towards More IFA Signings

We've already seen the Rangers make one monster splash today, but apparently they're on the way to another. ESPN's Enrique Rojas, who initally reported the Nomar Mazara signing, is now reporting that the Rangers are closing in on another big-name Dominican outfielder- Ronald Guzman.

Guzman, who was ranked second on Ben Badler's forecast of the top-40 signing bonuses to be handed out to this year's class of international amateur free agents, is a similar prospect to Mazara: big-time power potential, but may be relegated to left field. The prospect projected to get the largest bonus in the class, Dominican outfielder Elier Hernandez, signed earlier this morning with the Royals for $3.05 million.

The Pirates have also made a splash, signing Colombian outfielder Harold Ramirez for $1.05 million. Unlike many of the other outfielders that have already signed, Ramirez brings plus-plus speed and a strong hit tool to the table, but with a weak arm he may not be able to play center. It's the second-largest signing bonus ever handed out to an international amateur free agent by Pittsburgh, behind last year's $2.6 million bonus for Mexican right-handed pitcher Luis Heredia.