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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    We signed RHP Renso Mejia the other day. He's almost 18. I like international signings like this. The players weren't signed at 16, so something must have developed as they aged. Less risk than 16-year olds who often regress or plateau.
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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Angel Rojas, ss Yankees, $350,000, 2017-18 pool (Braves bonus: $300,000)
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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

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    The Yankees have signed one of the prospects MLB removed from the Braves. Speedy, athletic shortstop.
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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Ohtani

    or

    Giancarlo Stanton @ $22 mil AAV
    Angel Rojas
    Renso Mejia
    Raimfer Salinas
    Antonio Cabello

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Interestingly enough, Rojas was actually one of the three prospects the Braves signed THIS signing period that was remade a free agent (all the others were from two years ago).

    He was also one of the only three who participated in the showcase for the released prospects last month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snatch Catch View Post
    Ohtani

    or

    Giancarlo Stanton @ $22 mil AAV
    Angel Rojas
    Renso Mejia
    Raimfer Salinas
    Antonio Cabello

    Not bad at all.

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Any news on Martinez as yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snatch Catch View Post
    Ohtani

    or

    Giancarlo Stanton @ $22 mil AAV
    Angel Rojas
    Renso Mejia
    Raimfer Salinas
    Antonio Cabello

    I really don't think that the signing of Otani would hinder the Stanton trade. It would just mean that Cashman would be more active exploring trades for Gardner or Ellsbury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kan_t View Post
    I really don't think that the signing of Otani would hinder the Stanton trade. It would just mean that Cashman would be more active exploring trades for Gardner or Ellsbury.
    Maybe, but last week Cashman himself said that the Ohtani turning them down was what spurred him on to do a deal for Stanton, because they had been holding the DH spot specifically for Shohei.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snatch Catch View Post
    Maybe, but last week Cashman himself said that the Ohtani turning them down was what spurred him on to do a deal for Stanton, because they had been holding the DH spot specifically for Shohei.
    Considered the cost of trading Stanton, he's not a good GM if he passed up this opportunity. Ohtani or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kan_t View Post
    Considered the cost of trading Stanton, he's not a good GM if he passed up this opportunity. Ohtani or not.
    Yes but the reason he looked deeper into it was missing out on Ohtani. If you land Ohtani you probably don't take the Marlins seriously about dealing for Stanton, it's not being a bad GM, it's attempting to field your best team and leave some flexibility open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFortune3 View Post
    Yes but the reason he looked deeper into it was missing out on Ohtani. If you land Ohtani you probably don't take the Marlins seriously about dealing for Stanton, it's not being a bad GM, it's attempting to field your best team and leave some flexibility open.
    The point is that he should take the Marlins seriously no matter they signed Ohtani or not. It's an attempt to field the best team and I could argue that it would create even more flexibility. If they get both, they don't need to think how to get a starter now and could use those cap space and prospects to address other needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kan_t View Post
    The point is that he should take the Marlins seriously no matter they signed Ohtani or not. It's an attempt to field the best team and I could argue that it would create even more flexibility. If they get both, they don't need to think how to get a starter now and could use those cap space and prospects to address other needs.
    In theory yes but not in reality.
    If you land Ohtani you are focused only on Ohtani and making some adjustments to the team from there.

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/inte...344QYS3k4yo.97

    Three teams look like the favorites to sign Julio Pablo Martinez, a 21-year-old center fielder who had been one of the top young players in Cuba and has talent on par with a first-round pick if he were in the draft.

    Two clubs--the Yankees and Marlins--held private workouts for Martinez in Florida last week. Martinez worked out for the Marlins in Jupiter on Thursday, with Marlins president Michael Hill in attendance. Two days later, Martinez was in Tampa for a private workout with the Yankees.

    The Yankees, Marlins and Rangers look like the favorites for Martinez, who is still waiting for Major League Baseball to declare him a free agent. The current 2017-18 international signing period runs through June 15, so he should be cleared before then.

    The Yankees and Marlins have limited bonus pool space available for 2017-18, so if one of them were to sign Martinez, he would likely wait to sign until July 2 when the 2018-19 signing period opens. After missing out on Shohei Ohtani, the Rangers still have space left in their 2017-18 pool, so signing with them right away once he's cleared could be an option for Martinez.
    The Yankees have a much richer farm system that got even stronger last month when they signed outfielder Raimfer Salinas (the No. 10 international prospect for 2017) and catcher Antonio Cabello (No. 15). While the Yankees are typically one of the most aggressive teams internationally, there hasn't been as much buzz around them with top 2018 players, so a pursuit of Martinez for their 2018 class would make sense.
    Based on his present talent level, Martinez is ready for a high Class A or Double-A assignment. A lefty around 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Martinez in his last season in Cuba hit .333/.469/.498 with 52 walks, 30 strikeouts and six home runs in 264 plate appearances with 24 stolen bases in 29 tries.

    Martinez has a promising combination of power, speed and athleticism in center field. In Cuba he was a plus runner from home to first, though he has shown even better in the 60-yard dash recently while working out for clubs.

    His strike-zone control isn't as sharp as his raw Cuban stats might suggest, but he has consistently performed at a high level both in the Cuban junior leagues and in Serie Nacional. He's a good low-ball hitter, with quick wrists, good bat speed and a strong lower half to generate power. While there is some swing-and-miss to his game, his strikeout rate should be manageable. His all-around skill set has some similarities to a shorter version of a younger Curtis Granderson, though Martinez is faster.
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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    I thought we had a pretty hefty amount left in IFA bonuses.
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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    The bonus amounts for the 2 Venezuelan prospects were never released bc they wanted them and their families to be protected
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    We had 3.25M before we signed the last 2 right?.. Not sure you can get Martinez for under 2M, so going to the 2018 money makes sense.

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    Re: 2017 International Free Agency

    Someone asked Badler about how much the Yankees have left.

    Ben Badler @BenBadler 1h1 hour ago
    Their 2017-18 money is pretty much committed. They would be looking at him for 2018-19.
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