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Tigers splash cash in signing 17-year-old international shortstops Santana, Bastidas

Special to The Detroit News

College football teams are invariably bubbly about their recruiting hauls on Signing Day, a festiveness the Tigers could appreciate as they joined what appeared to be 29 other MLB teams in cheering their initial haul of international baseball talent.

The Tigers’ biggest celebrity teen secured Friday, the first date international players could sign for the 2020-21 period, was 17-year-old Cristian Santana, a right-handed hitting shortstop from the Dominican Republic, who reportedly got $2.95 million — $100,000 more than the Tigers paid their previous highest-priced international teen, Roberto Campos, in 2019.