In the wake of the new collective bargaining agreement — which, after this winter, makes it harder to spend big money on the international market — it will be interesting to see how the Yankees handle international amateurs this offseason. Yesterday Brian Cashman said the Yankees are still studying the CBA, discussing its details and deciding how to react.
Might not be much more time for discussion, though.
According to Ken Rosenthal, Japanese starter Yu Darvish is expected to be posted after the Winter Meetings. When the offseason started, it was widely assumed Darvish would become available, then there was some doubt, and now Rosenthal has two sources saying it’s going to happen. The Yankees have scouted Darvish extensively since 2008, but they know there’s no guarantee that his success will translate in the big leagues.
Also from Rosenthal, Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is also expected to become available either in the later half of next week’s meetings or soon after them. The Yankees have also done plenty of scouting of Cespedes since he left Cuba and settled into the Dominican Republic to establish residency and become big league eligible.
If you haven’t already, check out Jerry Crasnick’s story on Cespedes.