King: Yankees interested in Dominican third baseman Rafael Devers


Via George King: The Yankees are interested in signing Dominican third baseman Rafael Devers when the international signing period opens on Tuesday. He reiterates their interest in Dominican outfielder Leonardo Molina as well. “They like all the players in the picture, but have an interest in Molina and Devers,’’ said King’s source.

Devers, 16, was recently ranked the third best international prospect available by Baseball America. In the subscriber-only scouting report, they say he is the “most advanced left-handed hitter on the market” thanks to his bat speed, compact stroke, power potential, and ability to both recognize and drive offspeed pitches. His defense at the hot corner is a question, especially if he continues to get bigger as he ages — he’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 215 lbs.

The Yankees only have $1.88M to spend internationally this year — they are reportedly trying to trade for more pool space — which doesn’t seem like enough to sign both Devers and Molina (fifth best prospect by Baseball America). If they can’t swing a trade for another $1M or so, they’ll probably have to pick one of the two.

  • yooboo

    215 at 16 years old? Pass. Molina is the pick.

    • robert lucarelli

      wonder why so many dominicans are being busted for juice….

    • trr

      in a word, yes.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      “Devers, 16 . . . is the “most advanced left-handed hitter on the market” thanks to his bat speed, compact stroke, power potential, and ability to both recognize and drive offspeed pitches. ”

      Screw that. Sign him up & give him a lifetime membership at Vic Tanne’s. You can control his weight, but you can’t find too many at any age who can “both recognize and drive offspeed pitches.”

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I know, right? That’s almost as bad as Miguel Sano. I certainly wouldn’t want that guy in my farm system.

  • Pseudoyanks

    So, will they be using the Black-Scholes Options pricing model to put a “value” on pool money?

  • Dalek Jeter

    I love the timing of this post…just as the “CASHMEN NEVA TAKE RISKS” crowd was getting going.

    • BFDeal

      But they’re not CUBANZ!!!

    • CONservative governMENt

      There’s a difference between allocating a pool of $1.88M for 16-year olds versus managing the risk/reward process of international free agents as well or better than your competitors.

      The Yankees are pretty good at one, too conservative at the other. And given a $189M budget for 2014, I think they made a mistake.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Really? You think that because the front office is facing a budget mandate by ownership they should take more risks? I think they should be conservative, and take much less calculated risk…that’s just me.

        • bpdelia

          couldn’t possibly disagree more. the “proffessional” high end international free agent market is the last place to use the nearly unimaginable potential revenue stream of the business. there are 3 routes too getting talented young players. two of those routes have been severely restricted through collective bargaining. one has not. I have absolutely no problem cutting payroll. but this has a poorly conceived and ham fistedly implemented plan. they should be stockpiling all the young talent possible and looking to get under the tax cap by 2018. the team is profitable still and attempting to cut payroll while paying Rodriguez, jeter, sabathia, and texiera almost 90 million is just completely impossible while staying coimpetitive. you are talking about paying 90 million for at very best 11 WAR and realistically probably more like 8 or 9. the whole advantage is the ability to carry dead payroll at the end of contracts. I just don’t see how this makes business sense to do it now and not in 4 years.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I don’t follow. You disagree with DJ, but you’re saying the high-end international market should be the last place to allocate resources (which I 100% agree with.) Did you just mean to reply to the person above him?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      You’re comparing 1.8 million to 50-60 million but okay.

  • Zack D

    If George was alive he’d find a way to sign both of them for $1.8m, don’t blow this Cashman

    • BFDeal

      George would trade Joba for them and get them to kick in an extra million.


    • Robinson Tilapia

      If George was alive, he’d give the money to Jason Marquis or Dan Haren instead. They’ll pitch better in pinstripes, right?

  • kenthadley

    looks like the Pineda express just derailed.

    • Dalek Jeter

      What are you even talking about?

      • kenthadley

        off topic, fuhgetaboutit.

      • Pat D

        Bad start today against Binghamton.

        3 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP, 0/3 FB/GB, 32/67 strikes.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Thank god. I thought he got hurt.

          • Pat D

            Well a miserable start against the Mets’ AA affiliate isn’t exactly cause for celebration either.

            • Dalek Jeter

              No, it’s not great news, but as long as he’s coming through his rehab feeling good and not getting hurt, I’m happy.

              • The Doctor

                I really never worry about the results in rehab. Everyone has off days, and when they do, even minor leaguers hammer them. See Phelps yesterday, that performance wouldn’t have gotten him anywhere above maybe Low A. If anything, this does justify the move to keep him down for a couple extra weeks, so hey small benefits.

              • Pat D

                Yea, but what would Big Stein say/do?

                A terrible outing against the Mets?!? He’d flip out!!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              It’s rehab. Work on you stuff and get ready.

        • jimmy james

          It was bound to happen at some point during his rehab stint. I’m perfectly fine with this.

          • Pseudoyanks

            Right. It’s like having a rough spring training start on March 20th. As long as he’s healthy, no big deal.

        • Bo Knows

          Only numbers that matter are his pitch count, and velocity. As long as he is healthy everything else is superfluous; besides this was obviously a day he just couldn’t command anything it happens.

          also ken, please don’t do that shit again, your not Mike….that’s just being a dick

          • kenthadley

            Hey Bo….it’s Kent to you….he was the next lefty first base slugger when I was ten years old…..he was obtained by the Yanks in the Maris trade….brush up on your history, not you’re history, dick.

            /return of the Great Smarmy

            • Robinson Tilapia


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  • Kramerica Industries

    I think Mike forgot to add “Dodgers” to this post.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    This whole system is just so asinine.

    MLB wants parity and that’s what they’re gonna get and as long as the idiot brothers are stuffing their pockets, I’m sure they’ll be perfectly satisfied.

    • BFDeal

      What does the internation signing period have to do with “the brothers stuffing their pockets”?

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        The Yankees used to be able to break the bank on these young international FAs.

        Now that door has closed so pretty much the last remaining avenue to acquire relatively young talent using their financial advantages are Japan, Korea and Cuba but the organization has completely cheaped out by treating this market like its poison.

        • BFDeal

          Not signing every player you want does not equal “treating the market like poison”.

          • Manny’s BanWagon

            Not signing anyone, which in case you haven’t noticed is exactly what they’re doing, DOES equal treating the market like it’s poison.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      How much is the payroll this year?

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Don’t quote m on this, but I think it’s the highest payroll in the history of baseball.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        And what have the done to improve the team in the last couple of years?

        Pretty much jack shit, that’s what.

        Patching holes with washed up vets is about all they’ve donein recent years. All that payroll money was spent (mostly poorly) years ago.

  • EndlessMike

    See both of them by 2020.

  • Hardy

    The “slot value” for the fifth slot is 1,992,100 dollar. It’s quite possible – or even likely – that the Yankees’ pool money won’t be enough for even one of Devers and Molina.

    More information on the slot values here:

    • Greg

      Well there isn’t actually an international draft this year. In any case, unless you think bonuses for top players will explode under this new system (which seems intensely unlikely), based on the bonuses given out last year 1.88 million should easily be enough for either of these guys, and both wouldn’t be impossible.

      • Hardy

        I think that the difference in draft pools – from 4.9 to 1.8 millions – will lead to higher bonuses for the (perceived) top players compared to last year. But it is quite possible that you are right and bonuses will be similar to last year.
        However, one thing is definitely different from prior years: If one of the “pool rich” teams like the Astros or Cubs really wants a player, the Yankees will have no chance.

    • https://twitter.com/AngeloInNY Angelo

      I bet they get at least one. Slot values don’t really matter per player, at least they haven’t up to this point in the international arena.

      There isn’t an international draft yet, so technically neither player is getting “drafted” 3rd or 5th overall by the Yankees. And Baseball America is just a guide for how talented they believe a guy is. They don’t decide whether Devers or Molina is worth a specific amount of money. Different sites will have different insight. Teams will differ in what they believe as well.

      This isn’t like the MLB draft, where players actually get drafted to a specific spot with a recommended slot value and even those values don’t mean everything.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    I wanna tell ‘ya, I don’t get no respect. It’s so hot out West, people are trading up for sink space.

    So, pray tell, how ‘xactly does one go about trading up for “pool” space (so-called)?

  • Dan

    This reminds me of the time we missed out on Sano for some unknown reason.
    What is the process of trading for more pool money? How much is Joba worth?

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    You know what I’m I interested in? I’m interested that if the Yanks actually HAVE interest in an IFA, that they not lose that IFA because they didn’t bid enough and were trying to be cost-effective.

    That’s what I’M interested in.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Sorry of I implied too much Japan-speak into a Cuban prospect…

      I was thinking about Cuban misses that have become Cuban missiles.