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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.