Editor's Note: The above video is from a Giants press conference on Oct. 5, 2015.
Cuban prospect Eddy Julio Martinez is finally a Cub.
The outfielder backed out of a deal with the Giants earlier this month to sign with the Cubs for an additional $500,000, but that second deal was temporarily held up as Major League Baseball looked into the deals. Per MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, Martinez is officially a Cub, and he got a $3 million signing bonus from the deal that will stand.
The 20-year-old was one of the biggest names on the international market and the Giants believed they had a $2.5 million deal with Martinez, with club officials talking excitedly about the prospect a day after the season ended. Per MLB.com, Martinez never signed a term sheet with the Giants, but he did sign with the Cubs on Oct. 8 and filed it for approval by MLB.
The confusion came in part because Martinez had two sets of representatives. The Giants were dealing with Beverly Hills Sports Council -- they have reached deals with BHSC clients Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum in recent years -- but Martinez was also represented by trainers in the Dominican Republic. The latter group reached the deal with the Cubs that MLB will allow to stand, per multiple reports.
The Giants had hoped Martinez would cap an international crop that they're excited about. Earlier in the summer, they signed 18-year-old shortstop Lucius Fox out of the Bahamas. Fox, who is currently playing DH in the instructional league in Arizona, was at the top of the wish list for the Giants, who gave him $6.5 million.
--- Per MLB's transaction wire, the Giants outrighted Nick Noonan, Jackson Williams and Brett Bochy to the Sacramento River Cats.