The Seattle Mariners announced plans Wednesday to build a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. The team plans to construct a $7 million, 24-acre complex near the city of Boca Chica, on the south coast. It will be large enough to house two full teams and their developmental staff. In addition to baseball, "The Latin American Academy" will contain a residential area where prospects can live, work out and attend school. "This is an investment in the Mariners' future," general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. "Having state-of-the-art facilities in the Dominican Republic will help not only with the training of our top Dominican prospects, but with development and recruitment of talent from across Latin America."