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Friday, May 05, 2017

Revealing Top 30 International Prospects list | MLB.com

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The baseball bloodlines run deep with international prospect Wander Franco. His idol, Padres shortstop Erick Aybar, is also his uncle.

“I’ve learned a lot from him, not only baseball and fielding, but also my approach to the game and how to behave on and off the field,” Franco, 16, said. “He has always been a hero to me and I want to follow in his footsteps.”
Franco is on his way to fulfilling his own big league dream. The switch-hitting shortstop from the Dominican Republic has been considered the top prospect for the international class of 2017 for several months, and now it’s official. Wander Samuel Franco is ranked No. 1 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 30 International Prospects list for 2017. He’s expected to sign with an MLB organization when the international signing period begins on July 2.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2017 at 09:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, prospects

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Luis Robert Declared A Free Agent - MLB Trade Rumors

The next big thing is going to the last international player to get paid.

Robert, a 19-year-old outfielder, has reportedly drawn wide interest from around the league. Last we checked in, a variety of organizations were planning to take closer scouting looks. If there’s a favorite at this point, it could be the White Sox, though they’d be entering the penalty box by striking a deal with Robert. Numerous other organizations have already blown past their bonus pools, so going on to sign Robert would mean ponying up double his bonus but wouldn’t change their future international spending eligibility.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 20, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, international free agents

Friday, January 27, 2017

With the New CBA, Ownership Finally Eliminates the Bonus – The Hardball Times

The top-end bonuses may shrink but the pots of gold will still be there.

We’re all happy there won’t be a lockout or a work stoppage, but it’s otherwise hard to find the positives in the changes in the newest agreement. To protect the owners from their own thriftless ways, the agreement threatens to dilute baseball’s talent pool and divert money from the pockets of a largely poor work force into the well-lined coffers of the teams. That may be business as usual for MLB dating all the way back to Branch Rickey’s heyday, but it’s disheartening all the same.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2017 at 09:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur baseball, amateur draft, international free agents

Friday, December 16, 2016

MLB’s Other Shohei Otani Problem | FanGraphs Baseball

From what I can read in the CBA a team can’t sign Otani to a one-year contract which makes him a free agent the following year. Does anyone know if my reading is correct?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, japanese baseball, shohei otani

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

How MLB’s New International Rules Change The Game | BaseballAmerica.com

Ben Badler has written some really good stuff about the International Draft and the CBA. This is another good one.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 01:08 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, international free agents

 

 

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