How the Yankees changed the international amateur market

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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.

Teixeira gets a cortisone shot for ailing wrist
All the lonely people
  • Rich

    Before the car accident, some scouts/statistical projections rated Jimenez ahead of Soriano.

  • Steve B-BALL

    Can we send Ransome south of the border and have them take Marte as well

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      No and no.

      And,
      R-A-N-S-O-M

  • Steve B-BALL

    I just read the lineup for today and Girardi still insists putting Ransome in it . Why the F*** is he so damn stubborn.
    Berroa should be up …now… cannot be worse.

    • steve (different one)

      guys, the difference b/w Ransom and Pena is negligible.

      who are you going to DFA for 2 weeks of Angel Berroa?

      the bottom line is that 1-7 in the lineup are going to have to score the runs. and yesterday they didn’t do that.

      we have 7 all-star type players in the lineup. Cody Ransom sucks, but he isn’t the problem.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        guys, the difference b/w Ransom and Pena is negligible.

        Eh, maybe, maybe not. You’re probably right, but I can agree with the line of thinking that you might as well give Peña a shot and see. Since the difference is negligible, there’s basically zero risk he hits any worse than Ransom, but Peña probably outfields him at 3B. Couldn’t hurt.

        who are you going to DFA for 2 weeks of Angel Berroa?

        Ransom, most likely. Again, since Ransom has been pretty crappy in the field as well as at the plate, it basically negates the rationale of why we didn’t just give Berroa the emergency 3B/utility infielder job out of ST in the first place. We figured they’d both be slightly below replacement level at the plate but that Berroa would be more of a butcher at 3B, but Ransom’s been butcherrific. Just like Peña, I’m pretty okay with DFAing Ransom and seeing if Berroa’s any better. Can’t be much worse. And, Ransom’s a frigging lock to clear waivers and accept a job at Scranton, who the hell would claim him now?

        Can’t see how DFAing Ransom and adding Berroa exposes us to any risk of losing an asset or becoming worse.

        the bottom line is that 1-7 in the lineup are going to have to score the runs. and yesterday they didn’t do that. we have 7 all-star type players in the lineup. Cody Ransom sucks, but he isn’t the problem.

        Agreed. This isn’t the heart of our problem. Still, it’s low-hanging fruit with no risk, might as well see if it helps incrementally.

        • steve (different one)

          And, Ransom’s a frigging lock to clear waivers and accept a job at Scranton, who the hell would claim him now?

          this is a very good point.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            THAT IS HOW YOU DEBATE!!!!!!!

  • Steve B-BALL

    Ransome is in the starting lineup today….What is wrong with Girardi?? Bring in Berroa… now!!

    • steve (different one)

      yes, we all got that the first 2 times you said it.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I’m the Boss.

        • jsbrendog

          yes i get that, youve said it 10 times already

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I’m the Boss.

      • Steve B-BALL

        just wanted to make sure you did

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          just wanted to make sure you did

          Well, don’t. Don’t make sure we got it. Just always assume we got it, because we did. Seriously, don’t repeat yourself three times. Once was bad enough.

          [ facepalm ]

    • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

      B-Ball, can you please stop now.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        This is going to be a long year.

        • jsbrendog

          seriously, especially now that this socialist rag has become so damn popular. Oh the day when a game thread had like 50-100 comments

          (i kid, the mroe exposure the mroe awesomeness the more do-mah-ses who come and ZOMG!1!!!1 everything. its funny cause we joke about it and now it ocmes true, kind of like some self fulfilling prophecy)

          i cant wait for the time when one of us makes a ZOMG1!11! joke and a reply is a serious agreement…my head will truly explode. boom

        • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

          im startin to think hes just a sox fan being a douchebag

  • A.D.

    Man from 25K to multi-millions for LA bonuses.

    • jsbrendog

      from 2k to 25k to multi-millions for LA bonuses

  • Yankee1010

    They sent Robertson down and called up Miranda. I’d keep Robertson up here. And I would certainly keep him over Veras. And no, this is not an overreaction to Veras’ outing yesterday. This has everything to do with Veras always having control issues and never being anything special.

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Expired Milk

      I dont know why Veras is nto being sent down. According to Lohud he has otpions.

      • steve (different one)

        i’d be surprised if he has an option left.

        Jose Veras has been in professional baseball since 1998?!

      • steve (different one)

        according to LoHud a few weeks ago, he doesn’t have options:

        A few people have e-mailed in with roster questions. Hopefully this will clear some things up:

        · OF Melky Cabrera and RHP Jose Veras are out of options. Any other player they would want to send down has options.

        not sure what is up with that.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          According to Tim Dierkes and MLBTR, he does not have any options left.

          Melky and Veras are the two players in our system with under 5 years of service time who have used up all their options.

          http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/02/out-of-options.html

          • steve (different one)

            Peter Abraham
            April 17th, 2009 at 11:30 am
            My bad on the Veras option. He does not have any. I was thinking about somebody else. Plus I had just woken up. Sorry about that.

            honest mistake on Abe’s end.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Peter Abraham
              April 17th, 2009 at 11:30 am
              My bad on the Veras option. He does not have any. I was thinking about somebody else. Plus I had just woken up from blacking out in the sewer and having sex with a giant fish. Sorry about that.

              • JRVJ

                Well, that can happen to anyone.

  • Tony

    Isn’t Veras out of options? They aren’t going to just DFA him.

    • Yankee1010

      I thought he was, but Pete Abraham said that he still has options. I’m not sure about that.

      In any event, at some point, Veras’ track record aside from a few months last year, has to be considered. His rope can’t be a whole lot longer.

  • jsbrendog

    what happened to the other thread that was just up?

  • http://heavysoundsandtheabstracttruth.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/alg_burnett-sabathia-3.jpg Mike Pop

    Miranda called up, D-Rob back down.

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