Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New International signings? Maybe.

I really like this quote from JD's latest chat over at the DMN:

We've moved on - we'll get the draft pick back next year, will spend some of that $ on additional international signings, and continue to fill the system with talent otherwise.


Sounds like a declaration rather than a throw-away comment. If you consider the idea that Scheppers was drafted with the approval of Hicks, with the idea that it might take 2 million to sign him, then that money is separate from the 4 million that may have been budgeted for their first round pick proper. That 4 million is still there ready to be spent whereas the 2 million for Scheppers is only for him and goes away if he isn't signed. Could that mean then that they have about 3 million to sign any # of the remaining international free agents that they like? Maybe they could enter into the Sano sweeps or angle for Noel Arguelles for a 4 yr /8 million contract? It is surely no coincidence that David Perez was signed not soon after the Purke debacle. At the very least, you just might see a couple more signs in the 550-750 range (Beltre, Ferreira, Perdomo) or they may wait and try to compete for a couple of the elite Japanese arms who may withdraw from the NPB draft (10/31). At least 3 of those guys will probably garner a 2 million bonus. Very interesting to see how this plays out.



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6 comments:

  1. This is indeed very cool to hear.

    You know, as much as it sucks to have your first round pick go unsigned, I think taking that 4mm we were gonna give to one guy and spending it on a few more LA signings and maybe some of the Asian guys that are supposed to be hitting the market this Winter might be a far more desirable option long term. I don't want to spend just to spend, so to speak, but 4mm can buy an awful lot of talent from the J2's and Asia.

    Provided we actually do that, of course.

    I could just as easily see us sitting on the cash and not really doing much else in terms of amateur shit 'till next year.

    -Dirkatron

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  2. Also, Goyo...

    Do you have info on the Korean crop this year?

    I've heard there are a couple of good looking OF'ers who might come over sometime soon, but I can't find shit on them. No scouting reports at all. Not even ages.

    Sorry to pester, but my Googling skills are the suck.

    -'Tron

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  3. Yeah, see the "J2 Terrain" post for the names of the Pacific Rim guys (I'll see what I can dig up re scouting profiles):

    http://minormoosings.blogspot.com/2009/08/j2-terrain.html

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  4. Those 2 outfielders are ~27ish it turns out and already turned pro so probably of no interest to TX in the end.

    Of the 2 pitchers, Ryu is 22 and already pitching in the KBO while I can't find too much info on the other guy. I also read some nightmarish stories about pitcher abuse in that league. Ryu pitched 200 innings 2 years in a row right after his SR year of HS, after having had TJ surgery his JR yr!!!

    In the end, I think you can probably cross off any Korean hopefuls. I think the Cubs may have already signed most of the Korean HS guys of note but I could be wrong. And Taiwanese players haven't had too much success in the minors to date.

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  5. Here's a note on Sano... Pirates are totally off him.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09238/993282-63.stm

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  6. Hmm that isn't how I read it. His market has crashed so their offer was overvalued. I bet he won't get more than 2 million in the end.

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