Jorge Arangure of ESPN The Magazine took a look back at when the Yankees signed D’Angelo Jimenez as a amateur free agent out of the Dominican, and how it changed the landscape of international free agents. At the time, the Yanks were in the process of transforming their international operation from a one man show to a network of scouts with access to an academy, and the $25,000 bonus they gave to Jimenez far exceeded the $2,000-$10,000 bonuses typically given out in at the time. After that, players began to hire agents and the entire market became much more competitive. Check it out, it’s a short but very interesting read.
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