Jul
02

2009 International Signees

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As expected, the Yanks officially signed Dominican catcher Gary Sanchez to a contract that includes a $3M signing bonus today. It’s the largest bonus the Yanks have aver given to an amateur hitter, draft included, eclipsing the $2.44M they gave Wily Mo Pena back in the day. Kiley McDaniel at Baseball Prospectus says the Yanks will spend $4.25M total this signing period, probably landing just three players. Ben Badler tweets that the Yanks signed Dominican righthander Christopher Cabrera for $400k, while Jorge Arangure says Dominican shortstop Damian Arredondo will get $850k out of the Bombers.

Three players isn’t a whole lot, but McDaniel says those will be the Yanks only signings today. Badler compared the international market to electronics, saying you could get the big new thing now for lots of money, or wait a little while and get the same thing for half the price. Hopefully this is the route the Yanks go. For reference, the Yanks signed nine players in 2007 and at least five players last year.

Categories : Asides, Minors

50 Comments»

  1. Andrew says:

    They’ll probably sign more. The 4 million for 3 players reference is probably for the 3 signed today, and does not necessarily mean that they will not sign more.

  2. As expected, the Yanks officially signed Dominican catcher Gary Sanchez

    Tommie’s dream is getting closer and closer to realization.

  3. TurnTwo says:

    maybe i missed an earlier post… any info available on these two newer names?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      All I know is that Arredondo is an elite defender at short.

    • zs190 says:

      Stole this from DRays Bay, found via googling

      14. Chris Cabrera, RHP, Dominican Republic
      Height/Weight: 6’1″/185
      A number of teams have been chasing Cabrera, with eight clubs showing significant interest or getting private workouts recently. Cabrera has some projection, but he’s shorter than many of the other July 2nd pitching prospects, making up for it with more polished stuff and command. He works at 90-91 with his fastball (touching 94), and shows promise with a slider and changeup that both grade out as average at times (with potential for more). The Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Rangers, and Rays are all finalists for Cabrera, who should be looking at a bonus in the $500-700,000 range.

  4. Did they sign Melvin Croussett again? Just for good luck maybe.

  5. A.D. says:

    Arredondo, any relation to the Angels reliever?

  6. erik says:

    what happened to Sosa of 2007? and is anyone from 2008 doing anything?

  7. Double-J says:

    Any legit news on the Yanks possibly being involved with signing Chapman?

  8. A.D. says:

    Shame we didn’t get Urbina

  9. JohnC says:

    I was hoping we’d get Pimentel, but it looks like he’s headed to Mariners. Mateo got 3.1 mill from Cardinals.

  10. A.D. says:

    Turns out it wasn’t exactly $4 million the Yankees were going to spend, but actually $4.25 million (or so, with the Sanchez bonus being a slight gray area). Cue Yankee blogs discussing whether this was some sort of statement by the club about Ynoa’s price last year and whether they’d take Ynoa or the Sanchez/Arredondo/Cabrera trio.

    Didn’t really think that until I read this, but that would be ridiculous for anyone to think the front office actually did that.

    • Didn’t really think that until I read this, but that would be ridiculous for anyone to think the front office actually did that.

      Which means that half of our fanbase will now begin thinking that the front office actually did that.

      “Ridiculous” and “Yankee fans” go together like peas and carrots.

    • K.B.D. says:

      Who would actually care about this “statement”? Ynoa? Hell no, he got paid, doesn’t really matter. Do the Atheltics care? No, they get Ynoa and they’re going to get people this year. It’s just crazy for someone to postulate the value they’re spending has some secret Da Vinci Code shit going on inside it.

  11. Bo says:

    Chapman is going to get over 60 mill. Strasburg should have become a Dominican resident last year. it’ll cost him 40+ mill being American.

  12. Tom Zig says:

    Still holding a glimmer hope for Sano.

  13. [...] Latin American catcher, the recently signed Gary Sanchez, will report to the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Yankees within two weeks according to BP’s [...]

  14. [...] a major presence on the Latin American prospect scene, and you need not look any further than Gary Sanchez’s deal for proof. Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2010 at 10:00 pm in Uncategorized. RSS feed [...]

  15. [...] Sanchez, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (pickoff) – yeah, last year’s $3MM bonus baby hit a grand slam in his second career at-bat, his first career hit … helluva start to his [...]

  16. [...] Sanchez, C: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (pickoff) – yeah, last year’s $3MM bonus baby hit a grand slam in his second career at-bat, his first career hit … helluva start to his [...]

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