Yanks’ scouts ‘have fawned’ over Dominican righty


Via Jorge Arangure (subs. req’d), scouts from the Yankees and Diamondbacks “have fawned” over 18-year-old Dominican righty Carlos Matias. Matias had a deal worth $160,000 in place with the Red Sox last year, but it was voided when an investigation determined that he lied about his age. Now that he’s free to sign again, the 5-foot-11 righty who has hit the mid-90′s will likely receive a bonus not far off from seven-figures. Apparently Matias’ value as gone up in the last 12 months.

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  • Salty Buggah

    Sign him! He must be good if Theo & Co. wanted him.

    I’m 99% kidding but I do want him or any other good prospect in the system. $1 million may be a bit too much, no?

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Matias: Yes please.
    Hechevarria: Thank you sir, may I have another?

    • Tom Zig


      Arodys who?
      Aroldis who?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Thank you sir, may I have another?
      Cue in Rafael DePaula.

      • Reggie C.

        I still can’t believe we haven’t signed this kid.

    • Steve H

      Sounds like some nice new additions to the Pinstripe Brewery.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        (cracks open two ice-cold Pinstripe Cano Malta Morena™ and passes one to Steve)

        Oh, and in case you were wondering: yes, we add alcohol to our Dominican Malta beers. (And I switched it from Malta Goya to Malta Morena. More Dominican.)

        • Brandon M

          Malta India is where it is at. I think I’d drink almost any malta though.

  • Steve H

    I would love to see this guy become a success with the Yankees, knowing that the Sox had a deal in place for 160k last year, and now he’s looking at close to a million.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Last year, Matias agreed in principle to a $160,000 bonus with the Red Sox, according to former Boston Latin American scouting director Johnny DiPuglia, who now holds the same position with the Nationals.

    But MLB — after conducting an investigation — determined Matias lied about his age and identity. Subsequently, Matias was suspended and his deal with the Red Sox was voided.

    Now, in essence, Matias likely will be rewarded for having lied about his age since he expects to net much more money than he was to receive with Boston.

    “MLB should allow the club to honor original deal after suspension,” DiPuglia wrote in an e-mail.

    At this point, it doesn’t appear that the Red Sox are actively pursuing Matias anymore.

    So, wait, lemme get this straight:

    1.) Matias (then 17) lies about his age/identity, claiming that he’s actually 16.
    2.) The Red Sox are interested. They sign him.
    3.) The MLB finds out he lied and is a year older.
    4.) They suspend him and void the deal.
    5.) The Boston scout who signed him leaves Boston.
    6.) A year passes.
    7.) Matias hits the market again, now 18 but still with a higher price tag (which is understandable, since the initial age discrepancy wasn’t significant and he’s a year older/more mature/better).
    8.) The Red Sox are no longer interested.

    9.) The scout who signed him, WHO IS NO LONGER WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX, MIND YOU, thinks that the Sox should be able to still get Matias at 2009 price levels, current market be damned.

    Wait, what?

    • JGS

      It’s a testament to how amazing the Red Sox organization is: even guys no longer working for them want them to get the best deals

      Take note, San Diego

      • MJ

        Seriously.. It’s not a testament to the Red Sox org… Don’t you think it’s possible that scout get’s paid if the original deal is honored…

    • Thomas

      You can’t predict baseball?

      • BklynJT

        That was delicious

    • radnom

      9.) The scout who signed him, WHO IS NO LONGER WITH THE BOSTON RED SOX, MIND YOU, thinks that the Sox should be able to still get Matias at 2009 price levels, current market be damned.

      No. He thinks that in general MLB should not be able to void deals to the detriment of a club, in order to punish a player. And he is absolutely right. The Red Sox should have had the option to void the deal, but not been forced to do it.

      • ROBTEN

        In general, I would agree. If a team and a player reach an agreement, and it turns out that some aspect of the agreement is invalid, then the team should have the option of keeping or voiding the contract. If they do void the contract, then the player should be able to return to the open market.

        However, at the same time, I wonder if the risk then could be that teams might turn it around start signing younger kids without any concern for the 16-year old minimum and simply say, “We didn’t know he was so young, but we’d like to keep him anyway.” In other words, there is the possibility that it might open a loophole against the current age restrictions that is in place (but which many teams are said to disregard). I imagine that part of the issue is making sure that MLB at least looks above the board in terms of child-labor standards as well.

        • Steve H

          I think you’re 2nd point is spot on. What would keep a team from signing a 13 year old, follwing him until he was age appropriate, and then getting the chance to decide? Now if you gave the team 1 chance, up front, to either void or keep the deal, maybe you could do it, but otherwise you’d be allowing way too much leverage for the team.

    • Tom Zig

      Do you know what I think? I think MLB should allow me to sign him for $1 a year and I’ll rent him to the Yankees for $100,001.

      What will MLB say to that? The same thing they’ll say to that scout…go sit on your thumb and turn.

  • WIlliam

    In 5 or 6 years, this guy will be in his early 20′s. We have an heir. SIgn him.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size


      Yes, I want to sign him. But not to be an “heir” to anything. There’s too much “Let’s find the Heir to Player X!” going on right now, IMO.

      • Steve H

        Yeah, it’s not like we have Daniel Bard or Casey Kelly in the system. Then we could talk heirs all day long.

        If the Yankees sign this guy, what are the odds he ever makes the majors, nevermind is the heir to anything? 20%? 10%? 50%?

        I’m not sure, but the odds aren’t great, he’s just another lottery ticket, and the more you buy, the better chance you have to win.

      • Tom Zig

        If we sign him he can be the heir to Michael O’Brien of the GCL.

      • King of FH

        Now you did it.

        Melvin is PISSED!

    • ROBTEN

      I find all this talk of hairs upsetting.

      Brett Gardner

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Haven’t you seen GGBG this spring? He’s sporting some new lovely lengthy follicles.

        I think he’s taking Dimoxinyl®. It gives you hair, and makes you big down there™!

        (CAUTION: Dimoxinyl® may cause loss of penis and scalp.)

        • ROBTEN

          Shoot, I hadn’t seen that. Well, there goes the funny.

  • Januz

    I really don’t believe the Yankees will sign this guy. I have been hearing that the Yankees will be signing everyone under the sun (From Holliday down), and they have just not done that. It is like more inaccurate rumors fed by an agent.

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      I have been hearing that the Yankees will be signing everyone under the sun (From Holliday down),

      that didnt happen

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Yeah, I don’t remember much of a public clamor of anticipation regarding Holliday either. The team basically never showed interest in him at all, and so any Holliday rumors that any individual journalist may have floated slowly died in the ether.

  • Alan

    If they sign Matias, I’m canceling my non-existent season tickets. This would be the final straw for me and would show that the Boss’s sons are more concerned with a profit margin than winning championships, something their father would never be accused of.

  • YankeesJunkie

    If he has good stuff, decent mecanics, and a decent head then try to sign him, not as an heir to any particular player, but rather as anotheer player to help build the farm system which has been slightly depleted the last couple years. I think the Yankees need to continue to stock up on young talented players, especially pitchers, as young pitchers because more rare and much more expensive.

  • Reggie C.

    “who has hit the mid-90s”

    I’m sorry … if we’re “fawning” over an 18 year old, 5’11″ pitcher, that pitcher better sit in the mid-90s. DePaula is waaaay more projectable and remains unsigned.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      He’s 18. He’ll probably add velocity as he gets closer to his athletic peak.

  • Tom Zig

    Is he sitting mid-90s or touching mid-90s?