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Monday, August 04, 2014

Trainer Says Yankees Left Dominican Prospect At The Altar

Its “Adam and EVE” not “Adam and Christopher”!

The Yankees backed out of a seven-figure signing agreement with a 16-year-old Dominican shortstop, according to the player’s trainer, but the team says there was never a deal in place.

Dominican shortstop Christopher Torres, according to his trainer Orlando Mazara, reached an oral agreement in October 2013 to sign with the Yankees for a $2.1 million bonus, with the understanding that Torres would officially sign when he became eligible on July 2. Instead, Mazara said the Yankees told Torres’ camp in June they would not be signing him, leaving Torres unsigned with other teams having spent their budgets on other players.

“The kid was crying,” Mazara said. “His family, they were upset because they broke their word. They broke everything.”

Yankees vice president Mark Newman denied that the Yankees ever had a deal in place with Torres, a switch-hitter listed by MLB as 6 feet, 170 pounds.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:18 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: contracts, dominican, prospect, scouting, yankees

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   1. Batman Posted: August 04, 2014 at 01:11 PM (#4763951)
They'll trade for him in 2036.
   2. Buck Coats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:35 PM (#4764048)
Can't wait to see him in court
   3. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:04 PM (#4764088)
Can't wait to see him in court


No no no, it's "Boy, I can't wait to see..."

Get it right!
   4. esseff Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4764111)
This is eerie: This story made me think of the Wagner Mateo case (16-year-old Dominican center fielder's $3 million deal with the Cardinals was voided by the team when he failed a vision test). And just as I started to look up whatever happened to Wagner Mateo, MLB Trade Rumors reported that the Diamondbacks had released him after five years in which he failed to advance beyond (EDIT:) A ball as either a position player or pitcher.
   5. valuearbitrageur Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:58 PM (#4764165)
The Yankees don't deny anything, essentially it's a screwy system where a team can sign a kid without signing him. They reached agreement, he stopped working out for other teams, he moves up to Yankees training camp to workout with their coaches for months, and then when he gets hurt or shows poor work ethic, they yank the agreement.

I don't think any other team would've done anything differently. It's foolish to pay 2.1M + penalties for a prospect you find out either injured or has much worse skills than you thought,, or both. But teams shouldn't be given such a big window to back out of signings, barring fraud on part of the trainer/prospect.
   6. madvillain Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:03 PM (#4764243)
Oral agreements aren't worth the paper they are printed on, or something like that.
   7. Lars6788 Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:33 PM (#4764273)
Kid got fat after the oral agreement and it bit him in the ass - his 'trainer' should have done a better job even though the trainer already believed there was an agreement in hand.
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4764282)
I'm fairly certain that the Yankees are lying about not having an agreement, but I have to defend their decision, he got injured and gained weight, there is no reason to sign him at that point in time, even with an oral agreement in place. I would assume that it's implied in any oral agreement, that "provided the goods are in the same condition as when we made the agreement" caveat should apply.

Now of course this article makes it sound like the Yankees did something to hurt the development of the player, but this article is strictly told from the point of view of the trainer, so you have to take some of that with a grain of salt.
   9. Captain Supporter Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:47 PM (#4764294)
'Not worth the paper its printed on',applies to both the contract and the article.
   10. Zach Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:58 PM (#4764310)
Sounds like a deal where both sides negotiated in bad faith. I went into this expecting to side with the player, but sitting on the couch, gaining weight, and hurting your shoulder make it tough to keep the moral high ground.
   11. Joe Kehoskie Posted: August 04, 2014 at 07:11 PM (#4764317)
Oral agreements aren't worth the paper they are printed on, or something like that.

Right, and even if they had a written agreement, it sounds like the kid might have — or even would have — failed his physical, which would have given the Yankees an option to void the contract anyway.
   12. Squash Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:07 PM (#4764379)
I'm fairly certain that the Yankees are lying about not having an agreement

If you have any doubt, this quote:

For their part, the Yankees say no deal was ever agreed to. “We had no agreement with him prior to July 2,” Newman said. “That’s our position.”


-ought to put your mind at ease.
   13. Squash Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:10 PM (#4764384)
Also, how did the Yankees have so much to spend on int'l prospects? Did they just blow completely through their cap?
   14. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:20 PM (#4764388)
Also, how did the Yankees have so much to spend on int'l prospects? Did they just blow completely through their cap?

Yes. They blew through it and will pay the penalties.
   15. Squash Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4764392)
Wow. Selig must be pissed, but that's what you get for leaving loopholes. Has any team forfeited picks in the normal draft yet?
   16. valuearbitrageur Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4764446)
That’s our position.


Can't the guy just say "that's the truth"? Oh, I guess not.

Apparently top prospects stop negotiating with other teams, skip showcase games, and move to train with Yankees for months on end for no reason at all. They are just as stalker-ish as needy ex-girlfriends.

The only person who screwed up here is the trainer. He never should have let this kid leave until there was a signed contract.

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