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Benihana
04-28-2013, 06:46 PM
A little more than two months to go until the July 2 International FA period begins, and there are a couple guys I'd love the Reds to take a long look at:

Eloy Jimenez OF from Dominican Republic who's big league comparison is Alex Rios.

Yeffry de Aza SS from Dominican Republic who's big league comparison is Brett Lawrie.

For more on the class, check out this article: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/4/24/4259466/2013-international-free-agents

Benihana
05-25-2013, 05:14 PM
From MLBTR/BA:


If MLB announces that an international draft will take place in 2014, Baseball America's Ben Badler notes that teams like the Rangers, Yankees, Cardinals or Reds (who are likely to pick near the end of that draft's first round) could be wise to exceed the spending cap on international prospects this year. Such teams would lose their 2014 or '15 international draft first-rounder for going over the cap, but it could be worth it to get a jump on the non-American/Canadian talent market.

Would love the Reds to sign the two guys I named above. Middle infield should definitely be an area of focus in the International Signing Period, given the dearth of prospects in the system and in the current draft.

(In the Draft, I'd love the Reds to target JP Crawford, Tim Anderson and/or JaCoby Jones)

lollipopcurve
05-25-2013, 08:19 PM
In the Draft, I'd love the Reds to target JP Crawford, Tim Anderson and/or JaCoby Jones

All mocks have Crawford going well before the Reds pick. I would not get my hopes up there. I also like Jones -- not sure what to think of Anderson at this point.

Benihana
06-21-2013, 12:09 PM
10 days from the International Signing Period. I'd really like to see the Reds target middle infielders and catchers. Specifically here are a few names to watch:

Gleyber Torres SS
Yelstin Gudino SS
Yeysin Yrizarri SS
Yeffrey de Aza SS
Jose Herrera C

and then a couple OF:

Eloy Jimenez
Leonardo Molina
Micker Zapata

I really hope the Reds can make a splash in the market this year.

lollipopcurve
06-21-2013, 12:40 PM
Yeysin Yrizarri SS

Yes w/ a capital Y to this guy.

Benihana
06-21-2013, 01:08 PM
Yes w/ a capital Y to this guy.

Between Yorman, Yonder and Yasmani, Reds have a history with the Ys

PepperJack
06-21-2013, 02:34 PM
Here is a link from Sickels site:

http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/6/11/4259454/2013-international-free-agents-updated-rankings-video


Tons of info, and video, plus write ups.

Couple of names I like on there are: Mikey Edie OF, and Luis Asuncion OF. Interesting pitchers and SS on there too. As well as another Encarnacion at 3B.

From what I seen the Reds aren't linked to the big names, but you never know where the International stars will emerge from I guess.

mdccclxix
06-21-2013, 02:38 PM
It's been a long time since they've committed a lot of money, that was Yorman and Duran. Back then the message was investing in the farm and future. Seems now would be a good time to stoke those fires again.

Edit: uh, duh, Arolidis, dumm, uh, Chapman?

dougdirt
06-21-2013, 03:46 PM
It's been a long time since they've committed a lot of money, that was Yorman and Duran. Back then the message was investing in the farm and future. Seems now would be a good time to stoke those fires again.

Edit: uh, duh, Arolidis, dumm, uh, Chapman?

They spent $730,000 on one guy in January. So it isn't like they have just stopped spending. They just haven't landed a top 5 guy either.

powersackers
06-21-2013, 08:34 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130621&content_id=51227800&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Check that out, the Reds have the 29th least $$$ to spend. We aren't getting that Rios comp for sure.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130621&content_id=51227800&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

PepperJack
07-01-2013, 09:21 PM
http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/7/1/4455996/2013-international-signings-preview



That is a preview from Minor League Ball broke down by fielding groups. With a blurb on each one.

dougdirt
07-01-2013, 09:25 PM
The Reds haven't been linked to any of the top 35 or so guys.

PepperJack
07-01-2013, 09:35 PM
The Reds haven't been linked to any of the top 35 or so guys.



Do you think that is more the new cap system, or that the Reds haven't had a real big ticket since Chapman.( who I think being that he was 22 and from Cuba shouldn't count)

dougdirt
07-01-2013, 09:46 PM
Do you think that is more the new cap system, or that the Reds haven't had a real big ticket since Chapman.( who I think being that he was 22 and from Cuba shouldn't count)

I would say that Jacob Constante was a big ticket signing last year. Same for Jonathan Perez before him. But yeah, the cap certainly hurts them. There will probably be a few players who sign for more money than the Reds even have available.

PepperJack
07-01-2013, 09:54 PM
I would say that Jacob Constante was a big ticket signing last year. Same for Jonathan Perez before him. But yeah, the cap certainly hurts them. There will probably be a few players who sign for more money than the Reds even have available.



I do agree about $750,000+ being substantial, but I just meant it pales to what Yorman and Duran got.

Though maybe they are a little gun shy about handing out those types of bonuses now?

dougdirt
07-01-2013, 11:00 PM
I do agree about $750,000+ being substantial, but I just meant it pales to what Yorman and Duran got.

Though maybe they are a little gun shy about handing out those types of bonuses now?

They couldn't hand out either of those bonuses this year even if they weren't gun shy. They don't have enough money to put those together with the new pools.

I think they are being cautious, but signing guys that they see as being worth it. I think if they had a chance to sign a guy like Yorman Rodriguez again, and it were in their budget, they would.

Benihana
07-01-2013, 11:27 PM
I strongly prefer they focus their efforts in the international market on middle infielders. Gleyber Torres is the one guy I'd LOVE to see...

dougdirt
07-02-2013, 12:24 AM
I strongly prefer they focus their efforts in the international market on middle infielders. Gleyber Torres is the one guy I'd LOVE to see...

Don't get your hopes up.... he probably signs for at least 80% of what the Reds are allowed to spend in total and for a guy as high profile as he is, if the Reds were in on him, we probably would know by now and they haven't been linked at all with him that I have seen.

lollipopcurve
07-02-2013, 06:48 AM
Baseball America predicted the Reds would just do some modest signings early, then wait till winter before anything big ticket (like this past year with Constante).

Benihana
07-02-2013, 12:08 PM
Don't get your hopes up.... he probably signs for at least 80% of what the Reds are allowed to spend in total and for a guy as high profile as he is, if the Reds were in on him, we probably would know by now and they haven't been linked at all with him that I have seen.

I agree it's highly unlikely although for arguments sake we also had no idea Reds were in on Chapman. If I were running the team, I'd have no problem spending 80% of this years cap on Torres and signing a bunch of other lower tier guys with the remaining 20%. He could be the next Profar or Sano (of course he could be a total washout too).

Benihana
07-02-2013, 12:31 PM
Aaaaaand he signs with the Cubs. Great. First Soler now Torres.

redsmetz
07-02-2013, 01:37 PM
Aaaaaand he signs with the Cubs. Great. First Soler now Torres.

I was just going to come post in this thread about something on MLBTradeRumors.com about a trade between the O's and the Cubs because it had the Orioles sending two players "and international bonus money."

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/07/orioles-acquire-feldman-clevenger.html

klw
07-02-2013, 01:39 PM
Aaaaaand he signs with the Cubs. Great. First Soler now Torres.

Darn those Cubs! They are always throwing their money around! It is like they just buy the World Series title every year! They should let another team win one year just for the good of the game.

RedTeamGo!
07-02-2013, 02:25 PM
Soler has played solidly so far in the minors but it is not like he is tearing it up or anything.

redsmetz
07-02-2013, 02:34 PM
This is getting interesting - the Cubs traded Ronald Torreyes to the Astros for two more bonus slots. Again from MLBTraderumors.com

The Cubs acquired two of the Astros' international bonus pool slots for minor league second baseman Ronald Torreyes, tweets Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Cubs announced they received slots 2 and 3 from the Astros, which amount to $784,700. So far the Cubs' net pool money gain is $963,100 today, bringing their total to $5,520,300 barring more moves. They added $388,100 from the Orioles and sent $209,700 to the Dodgers.

dougdirt
07-02-2013, 04:20 PM
Aaaaaand he signs with the Cubs. Great. First Soler now Torres.

Shouldn't be shocking. The Cubs were the favorites on him all along, as well as several other top 20 guys. They have a lot of money to spend and have been trying to trade for more all along.

SpiritofStLouis
07-02-2013, 04:48 PM
The Cubs traded Marmol to the Dodgers for Guerrier.

The news is that the Dodgers also acquired the # 4 slot in the international draft from the Cubs. A sign of the times ?

The new draft rules are intended to level the playing field ( draft pool allotment, cap penalties), but I can see a scenario where small market teams include draft picks as part of trades with large market clubs, or swap picks as part of a trade.

mdccclxix
07-09-2013, 08:16 PM
Cards trade Boggs for 2.2 million in cap space to the Rox. Dang, that's a move I'd like the Reds to pull off.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/07/rockies-acquire-mitchell-boggs-.html


The Rockies have acquired Mitchell Boggs from the Cardinals in exchange for international bonus slot money, according to announcements from both clubs. The Cards will get int'l slot bonus No. 4, according to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com (on Twitter), which amounts to $2.25MM, according to Baseball America. To make room for Boggs, the Rockies also announced that they have designated right-hander Joe Gardner for assignment.

Boggs, 29, hasn't been sharp in 14 and 2/3 innings this season but has a history of doing much better at the big league level. From 2008 to 2012, the right-hander owns a 3.80 ERA with 6.7 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 fro the Cardinals.

The Cardinals get a significant bump in space to spend on international prospects as they entered the period with just $2.06MM in total, according to BA.

PepperJack
07-11-2013, 12:16 AM
Cards trade Boggs for 2.2 million in cap space to the Rox. Dang, that's a move I'd like the Reds to pull off.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/07/rockies-acquire-mitchell-boggs-.html



They edited their link to show that Boggs was sold off for around $ 205,000.
Giving the Cardinals a total of $2.2 million in cap space.

I was still trade guys like maybe Ondrusek, or Arredondo for that though, if another team was willing.

REDREAD
07-11-2013, 03:31 PM
Cards trade Boggs for 2.2 million in cap space to the Rox. Dang, that's a move I'd like the Reds to pull off.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/07/rockies-acquire-mitchell-boggs-.html

I'm glad the Cards made this move.
Boggs has been an important part of their bullpen for the past 4 years. Not sure what's up with him this year, but if the cards want to sell him off for 200k or so, that's great news for Reds fans.

PepperJack
11-21-2013, 03:21 PM
I will put this here for now. I'm looking more into exactly who this is.


https://twitter.com/Ross_BFL



Can't believe it finally happened,thank for the opportunity #Cincinnati #Reds pic.twitter.com/Fmbhcq98jO


In looking up prospects from Aruba named "Ross", I did find someone named Ross Ismail, who was on Aruba'a U15 WBC team from 2012.

http://www.ibaf.org/stats/2012/mexico/games/ARU.HTM

JaxRed
11-28-2013, 11:59 AM
Here's a picture of Ross Ismail. Looks like it might be same kid

http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/08/17/15u-bwc-aruba-crushes-germany/8e9efa35-226b-41aa-91c8-50d28ce8d213