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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Slugging Korean phenom might be Mets’ best bet at shortstop | New York Post

Who is Jeong-ho Kang?

Then there’s Jeong-ho Kang, the 27-year-old Korean who intrigues the Mets enough that they have scouted him in person and on video and convened earlier this week at the Winter Meetings — at the Mets’ behest — with Kang’s agent Alan Nero. Cabrera also is represented by Nero, yet the Mets’ interest lies primarily with Kang.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 06:25 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, international free agents, jeong-ho kang, korean baseball

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yoan Moncada Is Affecting All of International Baseball | FanGraphs Baseball

This article has a lot of information about MLB’s international free agent signing rules. Rules that look like they need some tweaking.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2014 at 02:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Friday, November 14, 2014

Yoan Moncada: The Most Fascinating Story of the Offseason | FanGraphs Baseball

Some good info about Moncada and the process of signing international free agents.

The Yankees recognized this lack of rational action and spent a record-smashing ~$30 million on bonuses and penalties last year, while the Red Sox, Rays and Angels also went over their pools (to a lesser degree), but still got the maximum punishment.  These teams had to pay the tax for exceeding their spending limits, and they also can’t sign a prospect for more than $300,000 for the next two years, starting July 2nd, 2015. That same day, the Rangers and Cubs will be coming off of their penalties for going over their pool two years ago, when the penalty was only a one-year freeze on signings over $250,000.  These years of aggressive signings, punctuated by the Yankees’ huge outlay this year, are expected to bring on an international draft (read: a version of hard caps on international spending) at some point, but MLB isn’t tipping their hand and most expect that to take a few years before it goes into effect.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2014 at 06:39 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents

Monday, November 10, 2014


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hector Olivera Leaves Cuba - BaseballAmerica.com

Will Cuba have any good players left? Isn’t it time for the Cuban government to officially sanction their players coming to America?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2014 at 06:44 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban baseball, international free agents

 

 

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