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    2009 International signing period

    The 2009 International signing period is now roughly two months away (July 2nd) so we should start to see some info on the top prospects available. Shortstop Miguel Angel Sano is thought to be the best prospect available. Here's a little piece on Sano from a Pittsburgh newspaper:

    Another long-shot gem
    Much younger than Strasburg, but no less pursued, is a terrific 15-year-old shortstop in the Dominican Republic named Miguel Angel Sano who is seen as one of the best prospects available in the upcoming July 2 international free-agent class for 16-year-olds.

    And the Pirates are one of ... well, 30 teams interested in him, with word that the young man's bonus could reach $3 million, miles above the Dominican average bonus of $108,000. And the Pirates' entire budget for international players last year was $2 million, so this venture would require quite the extra expenditure on the part of ownership.

    Still, the Pirates, known to have been on Sano's trail for an extended period, are seen as one of the favorites.
    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09123/967312-63.stm

    Here's a video on Sano:

    http://www.globalpost.com/video/spor...uel-angel-sano
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    Re: 2009 International signing period

    3 million? That seems a little low for the top IFA, or is that just me? Didn't Duran get like 2 million, and that was considerred cheap b/c they signed him w/ the loop hole no one else realized? didn't the other kid get 4 mil? And the Pitcher that signed w/ Oakland get like a 6-7 mil offer from the Reds?

    Is the economy driving down the offerring price for IFAs? Hopefully the Reds will be a strong in the IFA market this year as they were last year. A solid infielder or 2 plus a prized pitching prospect or 2 would be nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by medford View Post
    3 million? That seems a little low for the top IFA, or is that just me? Didn't Duran get like 2 million, and that was considerred cheap b/c they signed him w/ the loop hole no one else realized? didn't the other kid get 4 mil? And the Pitcher that signed w/ Oakland get like a 6-7 mil offer from the Reds?

    Is the economy driving down the offerring price for IFAs? Hopefully the Reds will be a strong in the IFA market this year as they were last year. A solid infielder or 2 plus a prized pitching prospect or 2 would be nice
    3 Million is a lot of money. Only one player got that last year and he was considered a once in a generation talent. There usually aren't even 15 players who will get $1,000,000 in a signing period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougdirt View Post
    3 Million is a lot of money. Only one player got that last year and he was considered a once in a generation talent. There usually aren't even 15 players who will get $1,000,000 in a signing period.
    Duran got 2 million, Yorman got 2.5 Mil, I guess I remember him making more.

    Didn't the pitcher the A's sign get like 6 mil last year, or am I remembering that wrong?

    anyhoo, I would have thought the true top IFA would pick up more than 3 millon, present economy aside.

    Any word on the progress of Yorman & Duran down in Sarasota Doug? Has Juan fully healthy? I'm looking forward to the start of GCL play.

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    I believe that Michael Inoa got $4.5M from the A's; also, if I remember correctly, the Reds offered him more than the A's did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumstead View Post
    I believe that Michael Inoa got $4.5M from the A's; also, if I remember correctly, the Reds offered him more than the A's did.

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    The Reds and Rangers both offered him more money and he went with the A's anyways. I think the Rangers offered him a Major League Deal too.

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    Wow, what a great piece. Thanks, OBM. By the way, all of you should check out the movie Sugar. The movie isn't 100% a 'baseball' movie, but it's a great movie and gives you an idea of what a lot of these international prospects have to go through to play baseball in the States. Keep the movie away from your kids, though.

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    I'd love to alnd this kid and also take another SS in the first round (if there is a worthy candidate there when we pick). Take two and you've got twice the chance of one making it. I haven't overlooked Cozart at all, but you can never have too many talented SSs - at the very least, you can alwasy flip any extras for another need.

    I guess I was spoiled by being fortunate enough to be a Reds fan for the entire careers of Davey & Barry -I want that kind of security back.

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    Re: 2009 International signing period

    With the Pirates new facility in the DR, they will be in the running for a few top guys.

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/ne...=.jsp&c_id=pit
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    Re: 2009 International signing period

    Are there any rumors out there about the Reds being in the running for any of the top available players?

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    Re: 2009 International signing period

    Reds made a huge splash last year. My guess is they dial it back this year.
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    Re: 2009 International signing period

    Quote Originally Posted by lollipopcurve View Post
    Reds made a huge splash last year. My guess is they dial it back this year.
    I agree. I expect very little this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeRedleg View Post
    I agree. I expect very little this year.
    Baseball America and BP both disagree. They think the Reds are in it for the long haul. Kiley McDaniel says the Reds are currently pursuing two of the best bats available.
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    Re: 2009 International signing period

    What do we know about Pena? When do Duran and Y-Rod start up this season?

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    Re: 2009 International signing period

    Quote Originally Posted by Homer Bailey View Post
    What do we know about Pena? When do Duran and Y-Rod start up this season?
    Not much about Pena and in about a month when the GCL starts for Duran and Rodriguez.


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