Jun
07

Yankees agree to sign Dominican right-hander Manolo Reyes

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Via Ben Badler, the Yankees have agreed to sign 22-year-old Dominican right-hander Manolo Reyes for $600k. He originally signed the Braves in 2009 before being released and suspended for a year due to issues with his paperwork. Badler says his fastball climbed into the mid-90s and has even touched 99 during the time off.

The new deal between Reyes and the Yankees is still pending MLB’s approval and a visa, which we know can take a while following the Rafael DePaula fiasco. Make sure you click the link to read about Reyes’ back story, which is far too complicated for me to try to explain here. Assuming Reyes gets the required clearance and the contract becomes official, the signing bonus will not count against this year’s $2.9M international spending limit implemented by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    You don’t screw with anyone namd Manolo.

  • Raza

    Hopefully his investigation doesn’t take that long. He seems to have an electric arm.

  • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

    Guys whose contracts have been voided due to paperwork issues are the new market inefficiency.

    • All Praise Be To Mo

      Mike, idea for a post, how about a list of some who might be out there for the taking the next couple of weeks? We all know about Soler but is there anyone else worth anything out there?

      • Ted Nelson

        The Taiwanese SS Lin te Yankees are said to be interested in

        • Ted Nelson

          Also Rivera and a couple other Cubans I think.

      • BK2ATL

        Good idea. Seems like the signings will be fast and furious leading up to July 2nd.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Don’t bang Tony Montana’s sister, Manolo.

  • A.D.

    Going to be a signing-fest these next few days

  • Voice of Reason

    Paperwork schmaperwork.

    His ID is surely being scrutinized intensely, so there’s at least a very good chance he’s as old as he claims he is, but if he can hit 99 then who really cares? They can be judicious with their spending after July 2nd.

  • All Praise Be To Mo

    Nice snag if he clears MLB’s investigators.

  • BK2ATL

    Very intriguing signing. Hope it works out for us. Glad to see us being aggressive before the July 2nd deadline.

    Next up, Soler????? Please Cashman, make it happen.

  • Leg-End

    Gotta figure a good chunk of teams are going to be in for Soler, Yankees included. It’s not going to be super cheap but considering the CBA why not one last “free” splurge? I hope so.

    • Ted Nelson

      The MLB deal could be a holdup for the Yankees. With the $189 mill budget looming spending $5 mill a year on a minor leaguer might not work out.

      • Brian S.

        Indeed.

    • BK2ATL

      As has been stated many times here before on this site, this will be absolutely the last time that we can flex our financial muscle and still hit the $189 million 2014 target.

      Chapman is now seen as a steal for what he was signed. Cespedes so far might be worth his deal. Yu Darvish looks the part. All different types of players, but all were considered risks that the Yanks didn’t get in on, but now could use, and would fit in the teams’ future plans.

      Soler appears to be everything we currently don’t have in system, a projected true two-way RF. A five-tool talent with size. I don’t think Soler is as far away from MLB as Mason Williams, but we’ll see how it plays out. I really hope Cashman takes this last shot at a premium talent.

      • Ted Nelson

        The $189 million budget is exactly what makes me question whether they’ll sign Soler. That other foreign players have been successful has nothing to do with whether Soler will be successful. He apparently wants an MLB deal. There’s a big risk he ends up being dead weight causing other sacrifices to get to $189 million. Even if he’s a solid prospect who doesn’t get to MLB until 2016 that could be the case.

        • All Praise Be To Mo

          Can we raise the money but not make it a major league deal? I mean if it’s between a $20 mil major league deal or $25 minor league, I’d go with the minor league deal.

      • Ted Nelson

        Tyler Austin is a pretty damn good RF prospect as well… (Nothing to do with Soler, just responding to your comment that they don’t have a “two-way RF” prospect.)

  • Miles Davis

    good signing. soler next please