On Monday, the Miami Marlins announced the signings of Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr., two-well regarded Cuban outfielders who had recently been declared free agents by Major League Baseball. Victor Victor Mesa was widely regarded as the best player available on the international market, garnering comparisons to Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. The brothers' father, Victor Mesa, is a big figure in the Cuban baseball scene, having both played and managed.
Here's the team release:
The Marlins even posted a video of the two touring Marlins Park:
Victor Victor is expected to sign for more than $5 million, and Victor Jr. is expected to receive a bonus near $1 million, per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez:
Sources: @Marlins expected to announce the signing of Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. in a press conference on Monday in Miami. Victor Victor is expected to sign for more than $5 million and Victor Jr. expected to sign for a bonus near $1 million. pic.twitter.com/C4msvEm6vI— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) October 20, 2018
The Marlins announced a press conference for Monday with chief executive officer Derek Jeter and president of baseball operations Michael Hill in attendance.
The Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles each had about $6.6 million of international bonus pool money, the most of any MLB teams. Miami owners Bruce Sherman and Jeter appear to have shifted their focus for the team on acquiring top international talent. The Marlins aggressively pursued the brothers as well as pitcher Sandy Gaston, but it is unclear if they will be able to sign all three.