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International signing period coming up

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 12, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ESPN.com has a good breakdown on the Latin American prospects available this season.

That signing period starts July 2.

Brian Cashman was at the Yankees complex in the Dominican Republic a few months ago to see players work out. Damon Oppenheimer is not largely involved in this aspect of scouting. The Yankees rely on Abel Guerra and Alex Cotto to run international scouting operations.

Trying to figure out the quality of Latin American prospects is like entering a maze of hype, lies and rumors. American agents are now getting involved with players, too. That only complicates the situation more.

The Yankees have been aggressive with players in recent seasons (like Jesus Montero) and you can expect that to continue. But don’t get too caught up in the names or whether they signed a certain player. Quite often the best signings are those that come in under the radar.

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