Royals ink Italian shortstop Gasparini for $1.3M

Jul 04, 2013 1496

By Dick Kaegel

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals have agreed to terms with 16-year-old shortstop Marten Gasparini, considered by some experts to be the most promising European prospect ever. Gasparini, from Cervignano, Italy, reportedly will receive a signing bonus of $1.3 million -- highest ever for a European, eclipsing the previous mark of $750,000.

Gasparini, 16, is ranked as's No. 4 international prospect and the top 

European on's list of the 30 top international prospects. Royals assistant general manager of international operations Rene Francisco was in Italy with Gasparini on Tuesday, the first day for international signings.

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