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.

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  • Andrew

    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.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    As expected, the Yanks officially signed Dominican catcher Gary Sanchez

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

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

      I can’t remember who said it, but it’s true: We really need to find a player named “Duncan Sanchez”.

  • TurnTwo

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

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

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

    • zs190

      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.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

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

    • Say Hey Willie

      The second coming of Melvin?

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

      The Yankees never signed Melvin in the first place.

      Melvin Croussett signed the Yankees.

  • A.D.

    Arredondo, any relation to the Angels reliever?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      I believe early reports said no relation to the Angels relievers. That is an awesome baseball name though.

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

        For what it’s worth (which admittedly, isn’t much), Jose Arredondo was signed in 2002 as a shortstop.

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

      Nope.

  • erik

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

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

      Eduardi Sosa’s playing in the GCL. Too soon for the 2008 guys to come to the US.

    • K.B.D.

      Ramon Flores is on the GCL Yanks OPSing .910 (in 6 games).

    • A.D.

      Flores is in the GCL, the rest of the big guys are sucking in DSL, except for Yico Calderon.

  • http://phabfour.blogspot.com/ Double-J

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

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

      No, and don’t expect to see anything for a while. He needs to establish residency somewhere else first, and that could take a year.

  • A.D.

    Shame we didn’t get Urbina

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

      His dad tried to chop up and light a guy on fire.

      • jsbrendog

        and now his son is the met’s problem.

      • Will (the other one)

        Nah, that was so misunderstood. He was trying to light a fire under a guy by telling him to “chop-chop” and using other motivational phrases. I think the language barrier caused some confusion, though.

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

        Good point. We may not want to bring the kid of someone with such a short fuse to New York. He needs to go someplace calm, with no real expectations or pressures to win.

        Like the Mets.

      • K.B.D.

        Let’s not pass judgment. None of us were there. We don’t know the whole story. There could be a completely plausible reason he did what he “reportedly” did. Call me skeptical, but I think Ugueth is getting hammered pretty unfairly. There’s two sides to every story.

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

          There’s also two sides to every machete blade.

          • K.B.D.

            If the machete doesn’t fit and the gasoline didn’t ignite, you must acquit.

          • Tom Zig

            I thought there was only one, but I bet Urbina’s had two…maybe three

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

              I meant sides, not blade edges.

              Also, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure whole “Ugueth attacks his paid laborers with gasoline and a machete” situation all started as a harmless debate about whether or not Joba should be in the bullpen. Those things always get out of hand so fast.

              • Will (the other one)

                I killed a guy with a trident.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

          It’s not really what he “reportedly” did. He was found guilty of the attack, and he’s in jail for it. I guess the Venezuela courts could be rather corrupt, but a 14-year jail term is a 14-year jail term.

          • K.B.D.

            My comment was a joke.

            • K.B.D.

              I guess I didn’t give many clues, many apologies.

  • JohnC

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

  • A.D.

    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.

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

      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.

      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.

      • huuz

        how is Ynoa doing so far?…I haven’t been following him.

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

          60-day DL with an elbow injury.

          • huuz

            wow, that sucks…for the A’s!

  • Bo

    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.

    • jsbrendog

      this made me chuckle

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Wait, lazy Dominicans get paid more than hard-working Americans? What’s up with this socialist bullshit?

  • Tom Zig

    Still holding a glimmer hope for Sano.

    • Drew

      +1

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