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Dodgers sign quartet of international players


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers continued their quest to re-establish a presence internationally Sunday by announcing four signings, including Dashenko Ricardo, the catcher on Team Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

While Ricardo is the best known, he also has six professional seasons in which he has languished mostly at Class A because of a .229 career batting average. There are suggestions the Dodgers might try to shift him to pitcher, as they did successfully with fellow Curacao native Kenley Jansen, once a light-hitting catcher.

Perhaps of more impact to the organization will be the signings of three young prospects out of the Dominican Republic -- shortstop Dennis Santana, shortstop Carlos Aquino and left-handed pitcher Cesar Romero.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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