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Dodgers finalize Latin American signings

Dodgers finalize Latin American signings

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Dodgers finalize Latin American signings
The Dodgers organization continued to extend its reach into Latin America on Thursday, announcing a series of player signings.

According to general manager Ned Colletti, the Dodgers have already signed or are in the process of signing more than 20 players from Latin America, including the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. There are at least 10 position players and 10 pitchers among the signings.

"Besides the recent signings, with the support from ownership, we are fully prepared to be strong participants in the upcoming signing period in Latin America," Colletti said in a statement. "With our renewed resources in that area and the upcoming First-Year Player Draft next month, we look forward to adding many talented young players to the Dodger family.

"Our assistant general manager of scouting, Logan White, and his staff have begun a strong and vital effort in a very important process to the future of the player development portion of the Dodgers organization."

Los Angeles has long been established in the Latin American community, as the club opened Campo Las Palmas, the first baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, in 1987. Current and former Dodgers players who were initially signed out of Latin America include Rubby De La Rosa, Elian Herrera, Kenley Jansen, Raul Mondesi, Pedro and Ramon Martinez, Adrian Beltre, Pedro Astacio, Omar Daal and Roger Cedeno.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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