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A’s use international signings to add two shortstops

Tuesday was the first day clubs could sign international players, and the A’s did their part.

First they signed Jesus Lopez, a switch-hitting shortstop out of Nicaragua, for $950,000 and they came back by signing Carlos Hiciano, a switch-hitting shortstop from the Dominican Republic for $750,000.

Both are 16, and the combined $1.7 million the A’s used to sign them consumes most of the $1.926 bonus pool allotment the A’s had been given for international signings.

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