Jul
09

International Signings: Moreno, Garabito, Vargas

By

A winter’s worth of rumors about an international spending spree proved true last week when the Yankees signed more than 20 players and spent more than six times their spending pool on the first day of the 2014-15 signing period. You can relive the day right here. Here’s more breaking down the record-setting day, and here are some more stray signings and links:

  • The Yankees have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan OF Raymundo Moreno for $600k, reports Ben Badler. He is not among Baseball America‘s nor MLB.com‘s list of the top 30 international prospects. Balder says Moreno has “above-average speed, an average arm and gets good reads off the bat in the outfield. He has good bat speed and gap power from the right side.”
  • Jesse Sanchez reports the Yankees have signed Dominican SS Griffin Garabito for $225k while Kiley McDaniel says they have also signed 19-year-old Dominican RHP Yossty Vargas. Both are older (relative term here) prospects who can begin playing right away. Neither was ranked among Baseball America’s or MLB.com’s top 30 international prospects.
  • In an Insider-only piece, Chris Crawford says that ” in terms of both quality and quantity, [the Yankees had] the most impressive class by a considerable margin.” He also notes that they are also considered the favorite to sign a few of the top players who are still available.

Total Known Bonuses: $15.335M. Total Penalties: ~$13.135M. Total Spent: ~$28.47M.

  • Yankee$

    Technically, although reported here on RAB, Dermis Garcia appears to not be officially signed. Wonder what is up with that.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      He’s waiting for the Yanks to put more skin in the game!

      Get it? Skin? Dermis? Is this thing on?

      • Yankee$

        Mine is crawling.

    • Jim

      Shortstop Dermis Garcia has agreed to a $3.2MM bonus with the Yankees, reports Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com (via Twitter). Garcia landed at the very top of MLB.com‘s list of the top prospects

      • Yankee$

        Right, that’s the RAB quote but Baseball America is not reporting the signing (they are reporting the many other signings.)

  • Preston

    So they’re up to 25 players? How many guys do teams usually sign in IFA? I feel like last season they signed like 7 guys. Let’s go get Christopher Torres and Brian Emery and push it up to 20 million.

  • Looser trader droids FotD™

    Too lazy to cross reference the lists but were any of the more or less consensus top 5 guys signed by any other teams?

  • TWTR

    When you’re all-in, you might as well be really all-in, so this appears to be good.

  • Mike

    Have there been any updates with Bryan Emery or Christopher Torres? Both have been linked to the Yankees but haven’t seen any signings.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Read somewhere that the deal with Torres fell through. Haven’t seen him linked anywhere else though, so I suppose they could still sign him.

  • JLC 776

    And they might not be done? Excellent! Every signing brings a tear to Bud Selig’s eyes.

  • Roy Munson

    Whats the best guess for when the top 5 guys will start playing in the GCL?

    • TheEvilUmpire

      They can’t come over until they’re 18, so 2016 at the earliest…

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Isn’t Leonardo Molina already here at age 16?

        • Kevin

          Yes, Molina is only 16. He was born in 1997.

        • Yankee$

          Maybe you have to turn 17 by September 1st or something. (Molina turned 17 on 7/31.)

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Cashman exploits child labor laws and/or failed.

    • Kevin

      The top few will play in the GCL next summer.