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Mets sign 11 international prospects


ATLANTA -- The Mets added 11 players on the first day of Major League Baseball's international signing period, the team announced on Wednesday.

The team inked Venezuelan shortstops Yoel Romero and Edgardo Fermin for a reported $300,000 and $250,000, respectively, in addition to Venezuelan left-handed pitcher Daniel Guzman, Dominican right-handed pitchers Agustin Casilla and Jose Moreno, Venezuelan right-handers Jhoander Chourio and Jurgen Jimenez, Dominican outfielder Claudio Geraldo, Venezuelan outfielder Yordin Araujo, Dominican catcher Luis Lebron and Dominican shortstop Hansel Moreno. None of those players ranked in the top 30 of MLB.com's list of international prospects.

The @mets have signed Yoel Romero, SS from Venezuela #July2nd pic.twitter.com/yM6e2EuGrK

- Mets Farm Report (@MetsFarmReport) July 2, 2014

Twenty percent of the Mets' active roster is composed of international free agents that the organization originally signed, including starting shortstop Ruben Tejada and center fielder Juan Lagares.

The annual international signing period runs through next June, giving clubs an opportunity to recruit from a new pool of teenage prospects primarily in Latin America. Players must turn 17 years old by Sept. 1, 2015, to be eligible.

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

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