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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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger may get $300M | New York Post

This is some crazy stuff. How can we not be excited to see this guy play in MLB?

“I actually think the guy might get a $300 million deal,” said a scout who has had multiple looks at the righty pitcher/lefty hitter. “That is how special a talent he is. He has power No. 1 starter stuff. He is throwing 99 [mph] in the eighth inning. His secondary stuff is unhittable. He is big and loose. His fastball is electric and his curve, cutter and split are all 70s [on the 20-80 scouting scale].

“And I think he is getting better as a hitter. I think an American hitting coach teaches him to turn on the ball more and he can be a 45-homer guy. He has Darryl Strawberry power. He is the face of a franchise. He is a big, handsome guy and when he plays baseball you cannot take your eyes off of him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: international free agents, shohei otani

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Why The Union Should Push Back At International Changes | BaseballAmerica.com

Ben Badler makes the case against raising the international minimum signing age to 18.

There will still be some Latin American players who can get to the majors at 21 and hit free agency still at their traditional peak years, but raising the signing age from 16 to 18 reduces the number of them who will. That hurts players in the union—and not just Latin American players. While international amateur players aren’t in the union, the players’ association would be smart to push back against raising the signing age to 18 because of the long-term impact it will have on union members.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2016 at 06:15 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, international draft, international free agents

 

 

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