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Twins agree to terms with Dominican teenager Diaz

Twins agree to terms with Dominican teenager Diaz

Twins agree to terms with Dominican teenager Diaz

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins agreed to terms with Dominican outfielder Lewin Diaz on a $1.4 million contract on Tuesday, according to Major League sources. The club has not confirmed the figure.

Diaz, 16, reached agreement with the Twins on the first day of the international signing period. He's ranked 10th overall among international prospects, according to MLB.com.

Diaz still needs to undergo a physical, and the deal must be approved by Major League Baseball before it becomes official.

Diaz is regarded as one of the top power-hitting prospects in the Dominican Republic, and his frame has been compared with that of Ryan Howard of the Phillies. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound left-handed hitter is an outfielder but could be moved to first base if he continues to grow.

The Twins have $3.9 million to spend on international free agents this year, and the $1.4 million for Diaz takes up a large chunk of that, but the Twins are expected to be active in the international market, according to general manager Terry Ryan.

"We'll be active everywhere internationally -- in the Dominican, Venezuela, Europe, Australia, Asia," Ryan said. "Every team has money earmarked for international signings, and we hope to spend it all. It won't just be one guy. It'll be a bunch."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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