Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Mets News: Mets sign three international players
Major League Baseball clubs are allowed to begin signing 16-year-old international free agents on Tuesday morning. And Mets VP Paul DePodesta seemed to indicate the Mets are likely to have a major signing (defined as a $1 million-plus or high six-figure signing bonus).
"We're optimistic, but we'll see," DePodesta told ESPNNewYork.com.
The Mets handed out a franchise-record international signing bonus of $1.75 million to Dominican shortstop Amed Rosario last July.
Rosario, now 17, is hitting .205 through 10 games at Kingsport this season.
So Far the Mets have made a trio of signings of 16-year-olds not subject to the draft on the first day of that period.
According to Baseball America, the Mets have signed:
• Venezuelan catcher Ali Sanchez for $690,000.
• Dominican shortstop Yeffry de Aza for $475,000.
• Venezuelan right-hander Luis Silva for $275,000.