International News

Yankees Triple A outfielder Todd Linden has signed with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, a team in Japan. That's the same team for which Darrell Rasner is playing. Linden's had a good season so far in Scranton, and the Eagles are lucky to have him.

With the international free agent signing period coming up soon (July 2nd I believe) there has been some news about the Yankees signing some Dominican prospects. They worked out Miguel Angel Sano, possibly the top prospect in the Dominican. A guy who his agent claims has
“....a Hanley Ramirez body and the possible upside of an Albert Pujols-type bat... a real short swing and hands that go right to the ball.” Sano's only 16 for thos of you wondering. So say Jeter plays 5 more years (completely guessing here), Sano might debut then as a shortstop at the age of 21. Apparently with have 50/50 odds of signing him. However, Gary Sanchez, a catcher, is our top target. The Yanks are seemingly only battling with the Angels for Sanchez, who should get $3.1-$3.4mm. Sano seems like he's going to get somewhere around $4-5mm. That's a lot of money for a young guy a long ways away from the bigs. The international market has been great for the Yanks in recent years as we've gotten guys like Chien-Ming Wang, Robinson Cano, and Melky Cabrera.

(Links via MLBTR).

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