Aug
05

Yankee scouts under investigation

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The Yankees and some of their international scouts are now embroiled in the FBI investigation plaguing baseball, says The New York Times. The investigation focuses around “whether club employees paid players small portions of bonuses they reported to baseball and kept the difference for themselves,” according to Michael S. Schmidt. While this will have little impact on the team on the field, this developing scandal, which encompasses Dominican scouts from six to eight teams, could be the push MLB has been looking for to begin an international draft.

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  • A.D.

    the problem with an international draft is that these multi-million dollar academies should disappear, at least by those that are made by organizations. Why would the Yankees, A’s, Sox, or anyone build these academies to help create players that they have no inside track on signing, there is 0, they evaluate evenly and get the kids in there.

    The academies would have to be built by agents or talent organizations that would develop kids and essentially have the kids sign away their first bonus to the agency to recoup given the funds put out vs the number of actual prospects. The other way is countries would set up leagues to nurture the players, and then look to sell them off (similar to how it works in Mexico, I believe).

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Ben, Any chance that Kevin DeLeon could be ruled a free agent because of this?

    • pat

      no way could they do that. that would be anarchy

    • Rick in Boston

      Doubtful. In the past players have been made FA’s because of organization reasons (forging documents, knowingly signing someone under 16). Here, it seems to be rogue scouts.

    • A.D.

      essentially the player agrees to to contract, its just that the scouts are filing it as more money, keeping the difference. The player is only getting hurt in the sense that he could have gotten more money, not that he gets less than expected, or his contract is invalid.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Thanks Ben.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I suppose MLB could go that far, but I doubt they will. The scouts will get fired and face other disciplinary actions, but I can’t see MLB punishing the players because of the scout’s wrong doing.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I don’t see how the players would be punished. He gets to keep his money AND sign a new contract.

  • daneptizl

    Any chance this Joba (non?)injury was all part of Cash’s plan on how to limit his innings for the rest of the year?

    • Radnom

      I feel like you would fit in well with the 911 “truthers”. haha google it and you will know what I mean.

      That was a big sarcastic “what the hell are you smoking?”.

  • Matt M.

    nope. cuz then joba would have gotten “injured” later on when hughes would be ready to ‘phil’ in … and not have to leave those innings to rasner/igawa/god help us.

    and with the trade deadline moves. cant even justify this as cashman playing it for next year.

  • Adrian-Retire21

    No international draft.Look what it has done to the Puerto Rican baseball player.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      What has it done? Please explain.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I blame Menudo more than the draft. All kids in Puerto Rico want to be in boy bands now.

      • Realist

        Lol!