Jul
08

Breaking down the Yankees’ record international free agent haul

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Juan De Leon and his trainer. (Photo via @BenBadler)

Juan De Leon and his trainer. (Photo via @BenBadler)

As expected, the Yankees went on a huge international free agent spending spree when the signing period opened last Wednesday. By my unofficial count, the team signed 22 players for $14.51M worth of bonuses on the first day of the signing period alone, and those are just the players we know about. I’m certain there are other deals in place that have not yet been reported.

Now that the signing period has opened and most of the heavy lifting has been completed, let’s break down everything that happened on the international front. There’s a lot to digest here.

The Penalties
The Yankees were assigned a $2.2M signing pool for international players this summer, but they blew right through that. Based on what we know, they will have to pay approximately $12.31M in taxes for going over their pool, and the final number will be higher than that since it is inevitable several signings have yet to be reported. Between bonuses and penalties, the current total payout is $26.82M, or thereabouts.

In addition to the tax, the Yankees are now prohibited from signing a player to a bonus larger than $300k during both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 signing periods, the last two covered by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. Here is the most important thing: their signing pool will not change in those years. Their pool will be whatever size it’s supposed to be based on their finish in the standings, but now they can not hand out any big bonuses. They aren’t actually losing any pool money these next two signings periods.

So … Good Idea or Bad Idea?
I’ve been going back and forth about whether going all in on one signing period is a good idea. At this point I think it is. Yes, they effectively removed themselves from the bidding for the top international prospects in the next two signings periods, but the Yankees usually do a very good job of finding cheap talent in Latin America. RHP Luis Severino ($225k), SS Abi Avelino ($300k), and SS Thairo Estrada ($45k) all signed for relative peanuts. Heck, go back a few years and both Robinson Cano ($150k) and Ivan Nova ($80k) came cheap. That $300k bonus cap the next two summers shouldn’t hinder them from finding quality prospects.

More than anything, I think it’s good the Yankees added all that talent right now. Remember, we’re talking about 16-year-old kids here. Even if things work out great, we’re still talking about four or five years in the minors before they make their MLB debut. It’ll take another few years after that for them to have a real impact. This is a long-term process and by signing all of these players now, the Yankees are starting that process. They added a ton of talent in one fell swoop. (Signing players is the easy part, developing them into MLB players is the real challenge.) I’ll take a bunch of top youngsters today over the prospect of signing top youngsters tomorrow.

What Kind Of Talent Are We Talking About Here?
As always, information about international prospects is hard to come by. It’s gotten about a million times better over the last few years, but there are still lots of conflicting reports. Here are where the team’s most notable signees were ranked by Baseball America and MLB.com, for comparison:

Player Bonus Baseball America MLB.com
SS Dermis Garcia $3.2M 9th 1st
3B Nelson Gomez $2.25M 6th 2nd
OF Juan De Leon $2M 2nd 5th
OF Jonathan Amundaray $1.5M 22nd 7th
SS Wilkerman Garcia $1.35M 7th 14th
SS Hyo-Jun Park $1.16M 18th 13th
C Miguel Flames $1M 16th 25th
OF Antonio Arias $800k 28th 9th
SS Diego Castillo $750k 24th 16th

According to MLB.com, the Yankees signed the top two, three of the top five, four of the top seven, five of the top nine, and eight of the top 20 available prospects. According to Baseball America, they signed one of the top five, three of the top eight, four of the top nine, and six of the top 20 prospects. Bit of a difference there, and you know what? That’s perfectly fine. Consensus rankings are boring. The most important thing is that both publications agree the Yankees landed some of the very best international prospects last week. They brought in the elite.

Bats, Not Arms
As you may have noticed in the table, all of the team’s notable signings are position players, particularly up the middle players (De Leon and Amundaray are center fielders). This year’s crop of international free agents was light on pitchers to start with — according to Baseball America, only two of the top ten and five of the top 30 prospects were pitchers — but hoarding position players prospects is not a bad idea in and of itself.

Offense is getting harder and harder to find these days. Run-scoring around the league is down to its lowest point in years — MLB teams have a combined .316 OBP in 2014, which would be the lowest since 1972, the year before the DH was adopted — and that makes quality bats even more of a top commodity. Pitching is important, it absolutely is, but right now impact bats are something of a market inefficiency. Everyone wants one but few are actually available. Look at the Cubs and their prospects. Remember, not all of these guys will be future Yankees. Some will be used as trade bait and young, high-end bats are valuable. Stockpiling position player prospects makes a ton of sense.

Exposing A Broken System
This last week has exposed just how broken MLB’s spending restriction system is. The system was intended to level the playing field and give every club a shot at acquiring the best talent, but instead the Yankees (and Red Sox, as well) blew through their spending limit and signed the top available talents. Meanwhile, both the Brewers and Rays had to swing trades for pool money to sign just one top prospect because they can’t afford to pay the penalties.

Rather than create a fairer market, the new system has given large market clubs even more of an advantage. It’s not about a willingness to go over the pool to sign players, every team would do it if possible, but some simply can not do it financially. The Yankees didn’t break the rules at all, they will pay the tax and deal with the bonus limitations the next two years, but to them that is simply the cost of doing business. Smaller market teams can’t dream of doing that. Expect the system to change somehow during the next round of Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations.

  • tom

    It is difficult to track all IFA kids but I feel like Yankees got success more out of cheapest Latin kids than expensive Latin kids. Is that a fact or what?

    • Chip

      I seem to remember that Montero, Gary Sanchez, Torrens, Andujar and Molina were all big money guys. They ended up being pretty big prospects but none have contributed much thus far.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        I’m sure you’ll agree that you’re being a bit premature on everyone not named Jesus there.

        • Preston

          Sanchez is a success no matter what. If you can scout a 16 yo, convert him to catcher and have him be successful at AA and a top prospect, you’ve created at the very least an elite trade chip. Torrens and Molina are very far away and not legit prospects yet, but the fact that they’re playing at all at their age is impressive and bodes well. Andujar is a little more advanced, and I’m excited for him. He really struggled early and especially against LHP (which is normal for young guys) but he’s really mashed lately .322/.429/.475 since the All-Star break. He’s probably not a legitimate trade chip yet, but he’s getting there.

          • Cheval Anonyme

            Montero contributed by being a valuable trade chip.

            • Preston

              Yup, Jorge already said that though. I was just talking about the others.

      • Danny

        Calling Jesus a failure is ridiculous, they signed him at a very very young age and managed to get him all the way to the bigs, to say their development on him was anything other than exceptional shows a failure to understand the IFA system.

        Go look at the top 10 IFA lists from BA the past 10 years, half of these guys never made it to America, let alone found success at the minor league level and made it to the bigs.

  • JoeyA

    It is pathetic there are organizations that cannot afford to pay a penalty on some of these signings.

    For example, the Rays made a trade to open up slot money for their $3M signing of SS Rondon. that’s $800K on top of the $2.2M alottment, meaning the Rays would have the shell out an additional $1.6M ($800K on top of $2.2M + $800K penalty, which is based on my understanding of a 100% penalty on any money over the $2.2M).

    The owner of a major league baseball team should not be hindered by such an expense. It’s truly pathetic.

    • JLC 776

      Amen – the Rays specifically have an operating profit of over $15M, so they really aren’t investing that much into their organization these days. It’s not like they’re saving that money to go on a mid-season buying spree, either. This is a team that needs to retool and a minor expenditure on a long-term investment should not be difficult right now.

      The Brewers have half the OP, so that’s a little more understandable.

      http://www.forbes.com/mlb-valu.....asc_search:

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      1) fwiw, the Rays bonus pool was lower than the Yankees, at just under $2M

      2) I’m sure that trading for the additional pool had a lot more to do with avoiding the future signing restrictions than with avoiding the tax. It only makes sense to accept the penalty of not being able to sign anybody for over $300K in the next to signing periods if you can splurge and sign several high end players to make up for it (like the Yankees did). It really makes no sense to do that just to sign 1 player.

  • JAG

    Here’s the real question: if an international draft comes into being before the next CBA, will the Yankees somehow lose picks in said draft based on what they did this year? I have to think that there’s no way the Yankees or Red Sox can allow such a system to take effect, and yet I feel like a lot of the changes to the amateur draft that have happened recently have really hurt the Yankees and yet they agreed to those.

    • Kenny

      … yet I feel like a lot of the changes to the amateur draft that have happened recently have really hurt the Yankees and yet they agreed to those.

      Aye, there’s the rub. How did all these so-called levellings of the playingfield occur without high-intensity and public squealing from NYY, Boston, LAD, and various other target teams? Or did they agree? Where–if anywhere–is there a record of, or at least a leaked report of, their responses?

    • Chip

      There is absolutely no way they can take international draft picks away based on what the Yankees did before the draft even existed.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        There already are provisions in the current CBA for losing international picks for exceeding IFA bonus pools.

        Penalties in Signing Periods Preceding a Draft Year.
        In any signing period commencing in the year prior to a
        year in which there will be an international draft, a Club
        that exceeds its Signing Bonus Pool will be subject to the
        penalties listed below. By way of example, if there will be
        a draft in 2013, a Club that exceeds its Signing Bonus Pool in the 2012-2013 signing period will be subject to these
        penalties. Similarly, if there will be a draft in 2014, a Club
        that exceeds its Signing Bonus Pool in 2013-2014 will be
        subject to the penalties.
        a. 0-5% in excess of Pool—75% tax on all of the Pool
        overage.
        b. 5-10% in excess of Pool—75% tax on all of the Pool
        overage and loss of 1st round pick in the next succeeding
        international draft.
        c. 10-15% in excess of Pool—100% tax on all of the Pool
        overage and loss of 1st round pick and 2nd round pick
        in next succeeding international draft.
        d. 15% or greater in excess of Pool—100% tax on all of
        the Pool overage and loss of loss of 1st round picks in
        next two succeeding international drafts.

        • Ed

          So basically if MLB starts an IFA draft next year, the Yankees lose 1 pick each of the next two years. If that’s the case, this strategy is a massive win. I’ll gladly take the equivalent of 9 first round picks this year in exchange for losing a 1st round pick in the following 2 seasons.

          • Pep

            Agreed. Especially the pathetic way the Yankees draft. In the recent draft the Yankees picked only 5 players in the top 300 prospects (and have only signed 3 of the 5, with 30 teams and 300 prospects, the average team should get 10 of the top 300. How does Oppenheimer keep his job?

  • Alex Rodriguez

    SIGN ALL THE PLAYERS!!!

    • Yankee$

      Actually, although I can recognize your sarcasm, I do indeed wonder why the Yankees didn’t do just that when there were NO PENALTIES. They’ve always been loaded. They always could sign, you know, 15 or maybe 20 of the Top 30 WITHOUT penalties, but for all those year did not. Why? Imagine if they were dropping $25 million a year on International Signings from 2002-2012…

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Maybe these are the guys they liked more.

        • Yankee$

          Nah, that doesn’t pass the sniff test (I mean I gave a 10 year range there.) The right answer is likely that all of their other “Monetary Advantages” have been marginalized over the last 5-10 years, and this was likely the last loophole they were able to exploit. When they could draft the signability guys late and get them aboard with dollars, they had less(?) to spend on IFAs.

      • Preston

        Several things. When George was alive and still running, or even having a say in it, he didn’t value prospects all that much. Second when the draft was different there was less incentive to do this, HS and college players are more scouted, older and more predictable and even picking later you could spend over slot to get elite talent. The Yankees did usually sign top international talent, just not all of it. Montero and Sanchez were both the number one prospects in their classes. If they’d signed ALL THE PLAYERS, then MLB would have reacted and put in a system like this current one that restricted the Yankees ability to sign the top talent, they had an incentive to not rock the boat too much and hope the status quo continued. If there was a failure of the Yankees it was to not anticipate this system and have that one all out spending spree before the rules changed (although such a spree would have been a self fulfilling prophecy as the spending spree would have forced MLBs hand). This time around in anticipation of the draft they are doing the one last gasp.

        • Yankee$

          All of your points are well taken. If there is no draft adopted for IFA, it will be interesting to see if the Yanks do this all over again in 3 years.

          • Preston

            I hope so.

  • JLC 776

    Great article and I absolutely love the two main points. The Yankees did a great job of at least putting a longer-term play in motion, and they certainly illustrated why the whole system is broken to begin with.

    I can’t wait to see how some of these guys pan out. I dream of a day in the 2020′s when half of our position players are Venezuelan or Dominican.

    • JoeyA

      Has the current NYY roster set a record for white, American-born players yet?

      I count 6 (Tanaka, Kuroda, Cervelli, Wheeler, Ichiro, Beltran) who are not American born.

      Jeter, technically, is half caucasian-half African-American.

      And thats about it. Every other guy on our roster is a white, American-born player.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        It’s indicative of how baseball is slowly becoming more of a regional sport with youngsters in this country, and it’s incredibly sad. Would love to see a change in that soon.

        I don’t think Dellin Betances checks the “white, Hispanic” box on whatever form he has to do that sort of thing in.

        This also doesn’t include guys like Solarte and Ramirez. I wonder what box Vidal Nuno likes to check off as well.

        • blingnit

          I agree how regional the sport has become and it is sad. Betances just mentioned how the only people who talked about baseball in his HS, Grand Street Campus School in Brooklyn, were those who played the game. Everyone else talked about football or basketball.

          It seems to me MLB has ceded much talent to the NFL. Rather than butt heads with the NFL, MLB expanded talent fishing to Latin American countries where much cheap talent was available to fill all affiliated rosters. If MLB relied solely on domestic sources for talent, I’m sure their costs would skyrocket. This is a huge difference between MLB and the NFL…the NFL does not have an expensive, labor intensive farm system to maintain.

          • Deep Thoughts

            If I’m Bud Selig, I use the A-Rod SWAT Team to generate as much football-related brain injury research, statistics, and fear as they can.

      • Preston

        I promise you that they are not approaching the record. Teams used to field 25/25 white american born guys for about half a century.

        • Preston

          Also I think this is a silly thing to be talking about. The Yankees would prefer to have Sabathia, Nova and Pineda filling out an enitrely non caucasian rotation and I think they would prefer that Soriano had hit well enough not to be DFA’d. Also Beltran is from PR, does that make him caucasian?

  • TWTR

    It’s fine as long as they keep spending big money on (I would hope younger) ML free agents, and on David Robertson, who they cannot afford to let go and get nothing back, as they did with Cano.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Oh get off it. They didn’t get “nothing” for Cano. They got a full season of a 7.6-WAR player during a playoff run.

      They’ll never blow up the team and rebuild from the ground up. You hate it. We get it. Move on already.

  • Yankee10570

    Good stuff, but the Good Idea or Bad Idea section leaves out one very huge part. The Yanks signed somewhere between 10 and 15 of the top 30 IFAs and 4-6 of the top 10. If they stayed within their pool money of about $2.5 million, they’d have one guy ranked around 10th and little else. They could repeat that the 2 years after this (assuming their pool money was the same) and end up with a guy ranked around 10th in each class and little else. In 2 years, you’d have an 18 year old, a 17 year old and a 16 year old ranked around 10th in their classes.

    Instead, you’ll have about 10-15 18 year olds ranked in the top 30 of their class, including 4-6 guys ranked in the top 10. They’ll have 2 and 1 extra year of development compared to the guys in the later classes. In other words, you’ll have more guys, more talented guys and guys closer to contributing at the MLB level or as trade chips. Plus, you can still spend up to $300,000 on guys going forward, so you can still improve that way. Presumably, the Yanks will corner the market on guys priced around that area. They can get a whole bunch of guys ranked around 25-50 or so in those classes. You can take guys who haven’t grown/matured yet and bet on that.

    Yes, this still means that the Yanks have to scout and develop properly, but that is immaterial to the quantity, quality and value they’re getting by doing this. This is unmistakably the thing to do.

    • I’m One

      Nicely explained. Getting a large quantity of top talent now and getting a (perhaps) larger quantity of mid-level talent in following years is at least a strategy we can understand, be it right or wrong. Since they’ve done well turning cheap IFAs into MLB players in the past, perhaps they can do it in the future as well.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Since there’s such variance as well to how these kids are in relation to one another, and since we’ve clearly already seen proof of lower-bonus kids outplaying their now-richer friends, AND since because anything can happen in the development of a 16 year-old, a big haul of non-bonus-babies could still come up roses.

        I’m a fan.

  • Ed K

    I am glad the Yankees did this.

    MLB is trying too hard to insure that all baseball teams are equal. It is unfortunately diluting the product. Teams must work within artificial constraints (spending limits, draft rules, international signing windows and restrictions etc.) in the name of equality. Imagine if we handicapped pro golfers this way.

    Let teams bring all their resources to bear to put out a great product.

    A fairer (mediocre teams) market should not be the goal. Let’s take off the handcuffs and let the best teams win!

    • Karl Marx

      I disagree.

      • Kenny

        Losers of the world unite!

  • Kip

    Since the Yankees will have the same budgeted money next year, but wont be able to sign the big money talents, do you so the possibility of the Yankees trading some of that international bonus slot money as part of a bigger trade or will they stick to signing the smaller budget players?

  • tom

    Yankees would have about no more than 6.6m total allotment for 3 years.

    Yankees waste 20m to cover 3 years unless Yankees continue having success from IFA kids for less than 300k per. Pretty sure that is what Yankees have intended to do that way.

    I guess we have to wait until 17-18 to land big and impact IFA player like Tanaka or Puigs.

    • Sal

      Japanese and Cuban pro players aren’t subject to this.

    • Kevin

      Tanaka & Puig weren’t IFA’s. They were regular free agents.

      • tom

        Sal and Kevin, I mean Yankees could be back to passive mode for next 2 years before they are ready to get over the budget like this 2014.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I don’t follow.

          How is IFA spending related to overall spending? This is pretty context-specific behavior.

  • Kevin

    Here is a complet list of all the IFA signings:

    1. Dermis Garcia, 3B, Dominican Republic: $3.0 million** REPORT/VIDEO
    2. Nelson Gomez, 3B, Dominican Republic: $2.25 million REPORT/VIDEO
    3. Juan De Leon, OF, Dominican Republic: $2.0 million REPORT/VIDEO
    4. Jonathan Amundaray, RF, Venezuela: $1.5 million REPORT/VIDEO
    5. Wilkerman Garcia, SS, Dominican Republic: $1.35 million REPORT/VIDEO
    6. Hyo-Joon Park, SS, South Korea: $1.1 million (18 years old) REPORT
    7. Miguel Flames, C, Venezuela: $1.0 million REPORT
    8. Antonio Arias, CF, Dominican Republic: $800,000 REPORT/VIDEO
    9. Diego Castillo, SS, Venezuela: $750,000 REPORT
    10. Frederick Cuevas, OF, Dominican Republic: $300,000
    11. Griffin Garabito, SS, Dominican Republic: $225,000 (signed 2014 deal*)
    12. Servando Hernandez, RHP, Venezuela: $200,000
    13. Alexander Vargas, RHP, Dominican Republic (voided contract 9/2013 with Twins***, signed 2014 deal*) VIDEO
    14. Leobaldo Cabrera, OF, Venezuela
    15. Jason Lopez, C, Venezuela
    16. Raymundo Moreno, OF, Venezuela
    17. Adolfo Morillo, OF, Dominican Republic
    18. Pablo Olivares, OF, Venezuela
    19. Lisandro Blanco, OF, Dominican Republic (17 years old)
    20. Danienger Perez, SS, Venezuela (17 years old)
    21. Gilmael Troya, RHP, Venezuela (17 years old)
    22. Jose Polonia, SS, Dominican Republic (18 years old, 2014 deal)
    23. Erick Mendez, OF, Dominican Republic (18 years old, voided deal 7/2/2013 with Royals, 2014 deal*)
    24. Wander Hernandez, IF, Dominican Republic (19 years old)
    25. Yossty Vargas, RHP, Dominican Republic (19 years old)
    26. Bismar Nunez, C, Dominican Republic (19 years old)
    27. Luis Pache, LHP, Dominican Republic (20 years old)

    http://sbb.scout.com/story/1417487

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    The first day I see one of their names on a DotF I will be excited.

    • Preston

      Park will probably play this season in the GCL or SI.

      • Chip

        I’m super excited about Park, he could be a quick riser if his bat shows up

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Not sure if that’s allowed.
        I think all of the contracts that are signed in this process are for next year.

        • Preston

          I wouldn’t doubt that’s the rule, but it’s a dumb rule. The reason I brought it up was i read something saying they thought Park would be ticketed to Charleston next season. Which made me think he was going to get some experience before then.

        • All Praise Be To Mo

          I thought since Park was 18 he was eligible to play right away?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I’ll be excited the first time Wayne references one of them at 5:00 AM in a comment.

      • Angelo

        I laughed.

  • Preston

    SS Christopher Torres (18th MLB, 20th BA) and OF Brian Emery (29th MLB, 23rd BA)are two top 30 guys who seem to still be available. The Yankees were rumored to be connected with both prior to July 2nd. Get on it Cashman, I’m getting greedy.

  • Chip

    Seriously, all it takes is one of these guys to blow up and be a superstar for this to all be worth it. If they got the next Miggy Cabrera, Manny, Hanley, Beltran, ect then they’ll easily have more than 30 million in surplus value even before you consider guys who are more averageish. This might go down as one of the best moves the Yankees have ever made

    • Dan G

      Not to be a jerk but Beltran and Manny were drafted, not IFA’s. Beltran is from Puerto Rico and Manny went to HS in NYC…

      Point taken though, what the Yankees need is cheap, young talent and they just picked up a whole mess of lottery tickets for relatively cheap. No complaints from me. Hell if any of these guys turns into Gardner, I’ll be thrilled.

      • Chip

        I’m an idiot, for some reason I had Victor Martinez in my head and typed Manny. I had no idea Beltran was from PR though

  • Dan G

    This is actually a brilliant move by the Yankees. Since it seems like an international draft is inevitable, this is the last chance for a team that generally drafts in the back end of each round to sign high upside talent that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to in a draft.

    It would be like the 49ers or Patriots buying 7 of the top 10 draft picks for nothing but cash and not being penalized at all.

    And the biggest irony is that they by doing so, they used their financial might to make a mockery of the entire reason signing pools exist in the first place. And like Mike said, $300K still gets you some pretty decent talent so there’s no real penalty for a team with this size wallet.

    • http://bassoprofundo1.blogspot.com ColoYank

      I think the Yankees assumed the IFA draft (Western Hemisphere version to start with, maybe?) would be put in place within the next 12 months, and so went ahead and pulled this trigger.

  • Reggie C.

    Cracking the $15 Million mark just feels a whole lot better than staying at $14.5 Million. I guess the pinstripe greed is kicking in! If there’s any consensus top 20-30 talent left unsigned, the front office should just green light the expenditures and sign those kids.

    It’ll take a couple years for most of these signees to show up statesdie, but quickly looking at the 2012 class, it looks like Miguel Andujar has a future! Signed for $750K, andujar’s bonus wouldn’t even be top 5 for this incoming class!! #dayum

  • viridiana

    Kind of nice to see the Yankees for once benefit from a draft system that is rigged in every conceivable way to penalize large market teams that try to win year after year.

    These teams have the biggest fan bases — and the highest costs. Bud Selig, through his machinations and incessant fiddling with the rules, has produced the exact opposite effect to what he intended. By making it hard for teams like the Yankees to draft well and have access to the best young talent, he actually made money the only corridor to success. How else can winning teams get top talent if they draft at the bottom of the pack both domestically and now internationally? The only way is to spend big — and so it is Selig’s obsessive focus on helping small market teams that has helped inflate free agent salaries as low-drafting teams with the need to fill seats chase mature talent. After so many years of being forced to share revenues, pay luxury tax and get the dregs of the draft it’s good to see the Yanks have a crack at all that young talent.

  • http://riveraveblues.com Rick

    Bud Selig wants to leave MLB a final gift. In the next CBA the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers will have a salary cap of $25 million including all domestic draft and international signings. If they dare try to exceed that the principal owner will get 20 lashes in a public square and have to pay the Milwaukee Brewers a penalty tax of $50 million.

  • ChristisKing

    Any word on Torres and Emery?

  • tom

    Off the topic, did Yankees sign Vince Conde or what? I must be missing something.

  • Mister D

    Can’t wait for 2020 when some kid not signed by the Yankees makes the majors and everyone flips out.

    • Preston

      Damn you Gilbert Lara perennial All-Star!!!

  • LarryM Fl

    I believe this is a very good move. So they pay a penalty of 13 million or so. How many 15-30 million dollar players do we have suspended, hurt or under performing. Money to the Yankees is the only advantage remaining to them. They should use it.

    If two or three of these kids produce. It will be big for us. It amounts to a few more steak sandwiches being sold at the ballpark.

  • Wayne

    Servando Hernandez hope to see him do well in starting next year.
    By the way Ian Clarkin twisted his ankle during a stretch for a workout .
    That is for anyone who wanted a Ian Clarkin update.
    Supposedly he missed one start and that should be it hopefully.

  • Tom

    I think this was a good strategy because in advance of the CBA expiring there may essentially be a “gold rush” by several teams looking to employ this strategy in the next 2 IFA signing periods. The Yankees essentially were able to corner the market. I think Boston went over (but that was mainly due to just one guy they signed) and there may be one or two others that end up over, but the Yankees essentially had free reign.

    If there are several teams looking to do it in the future, then it would be a lot more difficult to sign the same quantity of players; and there is a potential risk if a draft is implemented in the next CBA

    As NP&H posted above this is the last time to do this (and serve the two signing period penalties) before the new CBA kicks in. If they went over next year (2015)and the new CBA did indeed implement a draft, that first year draft (2017) would be impacted in term of losing a pick NPH quoted the current CBA provisions on this above.

    If they were going to go over – this was the ideal year to do it from a penalty and new CBA coming perspective.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    The kid in the picture is 16? Holy shit.

  • Mia

    Is there any reason why Baseball America didn’t confirm Dermis Garcia signing with Yankees ?