Report: Yankees to sign Rafael DePaula


Via Melissa Segura, the Yankees are expected to sign Dominican right-hander Rafael DePaula later today. The bonus is said to be around $700,000. DePaula was suspended from signing for a year after lying about his age and identity, but he was cleared by MLB’s verification process earlier this year. The soon-to-be 20-year-old (in March) was considered one of the best available this year, standing 6-foot-3 with a fastball that has touched 97 in workouts. Here’s video.

The Mariners, another Latin American powerhouse, made DePaula an offer as well.

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  1. JobaWockeeZ says:


    Totally unexpected. Holy crap we must have the best farm in regards to pitching. Wow good signing.

  2. YanksFan says:

    What does it matter, the Yanks can’t develop pitching anyway.

    Seriously, great move. Always nice to add high-end potential to a farm system.

  3. pat says:

    All your Latin American fireballers are belong to us.

  4. Thomas says:

    Just looking at that video, he can really dial it up with a very easy arm motion. Awesome.

  5. Doug says:

    Mike, MLBTR says “He turns 20 soon”. Is it 19 (as you indicated) or 20?

  6. Reggie C. says:

    AndyinDaytona must love this news. Finally, a signing of some note! Put DePaula in your top 20 yanks prospects list! IIRC, DePaula had the best arm in his class a couple years ago; before the suspension came down of course.

  7. Thomas says:

    Hopefully, his career is better than Jorge DePaula.

  8. vin says:

    Do we know if he’s ready to come to the US in 2011? Or will he spend a season in the DSL?

  9. Yank the Frank says:

    What does a 20 year old Dominican equate to in non-Dominican years?

  10. vin says:

    Might this be the “small” deal Cashman has been working on?

  11. What Won't Jesus Montero Do f.k.a. WWJMD says:

    Cliff who? But in all seriousness I find it hilarious Cashmoney prefaced this by saying it was a small deal. It’s not like he signed the best free agent but it is one of the top Dominican arms of the year.

  12. jimmy says:

    all other Gms in baseball just sighed “he was signed by the ninja, damn!”

  13. Uke says:

    Speaking of Ninja, use it’s awesome, lol

  14. Avi says:

    Here’s an article from BA on DePaula (no subscription needed)
    Mid 90′s FB and an advanced curve? Good get for the Yanks.

  15. murakami says:

    If we officially have DePaula under wraps, then that is awesome.

  16. murakami says:

    We’ve been on DePaula for what seems like forever. Maybe the age thing helped us. Even though I’m bummed hearing we sent Miranda to Arizona, I am just crazy stoked we got DePaula.

    It’s like winning the lottery.

  17. Not Tank the Frank says:

    Bonus. Arodys who??

    • murakami says:

      Actually, his low effort delivery and effortless velo makes me think of Arodys.

      Arodys who? Arodys whom we gave away for NOTHING, that’s who.

      Would love to still have Arodys to go with DePaula and Jose Ramirez.


  18. yankees1717 says:

    LOVE this.
    not much of a bonus for a guy who could really be a good player even on the yankees, whether it be as a reliever or a middle starter.

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