Showing posts with label International Market. Show all posts
Showing posts with label International Market. Show all posts

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mets News: Mets sign 16 year-old Dominican Outfielder Ricardo Cespedes

The Mets have signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Ricardo Cespedes.

Baseball America recently offered this write-up:

Last year Jhon Carmona trained Dominican shortstop Amed Rosario, whose $1.75 million bonus from the Mets was the biggest of the 2012-13 international signing period.

This year Carmona has an outfielder, Ricardo Cespedes, who has also been getting interest from the Mets. Cespedes is a 6-foot-2 lefty with a good set-up, a nice swing and a line-drive, gap-to-gap approach. Cespedes doesn’t have the athleticism or raw power that Rosario had, but he has a cleaner stroke while showing solid speed and arm strength. Cespedes can sign once he turns 16 on Aug. 24.

I found some video on young Cespedes:

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Mets News: Mets sign three international players

Mets News:
Ali Sanchez

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

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.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mets GM Alderson Part of International Talent Committee

Major League Baseball's International Talent Committee, which is discussing the possibility of a worldwide draft and includes Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, met for the first time on Jan. 9, a person familiar with the schedule told the Daily News on Wednesday.

MLB and the Players' Association later issued a joint news release confirming that the committee — which, in addition to Alderson, includes MLB executives Rob Manfred and Kim Ng, Tampa Bay exec Andrew Friedman, and union officials Michael Weiner, Stan Javier,Tony Clark and Rick Schapiro — had begun its work.

Although it was created in November by the new Collective Bargaining Agreement to discuss myriad issues, the committee will be watched most closely for its treatment of the draft. The concept inspires vehement opposition in many parts of Latin America, and its opponents point to Puerto Rico as an example of why a draft can cripple a country's baseball economy.

"The concern is, countries do not want to be Puerto Rico," former Mets GM Minaya told the News in November, referring to the oft-cited example of the U.S. territory that became subject to the amateur draft in 1990.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

New Book Chronicles Yankees' alleged dirty business in international market

by Clay McKinney

Pinstripe Defection is the story of a twenty-nine-year-old Arkansas attorney, Jason Browning, and his legal battle with the New York Yankees. Jason was hired by Gustavo Ricalde, the owner of a Mexican League baseball team, who dealt a recently-defected Cuban player to the Yankees. Once terms of the contract for the player, Michel Hernandez, were met the Yankees were to pay the Mexican League team $500,000. But once request for payment was made the Yankees claimed to know nothing of the contract, likened the request to extortion and threatened to call in the FBI.

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