Badler: Yankees interested in Venezuelan OF Antonio Arias

Game 48: Just Win
Saturday Night Open Thread

Via Ben Badler (subs. req’d): The Yankees have interest in 15-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Antonio Arias. He is one of the youngest players in this summer’s crop of international amateur free agents, though he will turn 16 on June 12th and is eligible for the 2014-15 international signing period that opens on July 2nd.

Arias is listed at 6-foot-2 and 170 lbs. Badler says he is “a good athlete who projects as a center fielder” while adding he “is a righthanded hitter with good bat speed and some scouts see feel for the barrel, and while he does have some lift in his swing, he lacks present strength to hit for power right now.” The Yankees are reportedly planning to spend upwards of $30M on international players this summer (bonuses plus penalties), though there is no word on what kind of bonus Arias will command. The team has already been connected to eight players likely to get more than $1M.

Game 48: Just Win
Saturday Night Open Thread
  • forensic

    Can they add him to the roster in time for tomorrow’s game to help the offense?

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Get this man some steroids and a set of pinstripes!

  • vicki

    make it rain.

  • Kosmo

    call me in 6-7 years.

  • Cuso

    I have a tickle in my pants that I’m positive is going to be a left-handed power-hitting catcher some day

    I’ll find a Dominican girlfriend if that’s required

    • Cuso

      I regret this comment….unless anyone found it amusing :)

      • vicki

        no apologies. no regrets.

      • Steve D Fl

        i found it amusing

  • Eselquetodolosabe

    Sign’em. Sign 3, 10, 20 international’s. let’s get some life into our system, and eventually into our M.L. Team. This season has been schizophrenic so far. I know the system has some talent, but it all seems years away. Good news is that no one is running away with the east, and Boston is in a tail-spin, but these injuries and the infield D ?! Momma Mia !