Originally Posted by Edd Roush
That's some big money right there. Anyone have an idea of how he ranked among the Venezuelan pitchers? Does he only get six years to develop before he is a free agent?
He gets 6 years before they have to put him on the 40 man roster, he then gets another 3 seasons before he's out of options. My guess is that w/n 6 seasons they'll have a pretty good idea if he's somebody worth putting on the 40 man or not w/ a shot to make the show one day or if he's not going to cut it.
Think about it this way, starting today:
Age 16: Venezualan Summer league
Age 17: Extended Spring training, Arizona fall league
Age 18: Extended Spring Training, Billings
Age 19: Full season in Dayton
Age 20: Full season in High A
Age 21: Repeat a level somewhere along the way
there's 6 seasons right there, now at the age of 22, they can put him on the 40 man roster and give him a full season in AA
Age 22: Full season in AA, 1st option burnt
Age 23: Full season in AAA, 2nd option burnt
Age 24: Full season in AAA, cup of coffee in the majors
Age 25: In the show, or released.
There's an awful lot of time and development before the Reds officially have to have him on the big league squad for good. The odds he makes it that far are pretty small to begin with, but it sounds like its a gamble worth taking.