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Yahoo! wrote:Mets: Promising 16-year old Dominican signs deal
by Fanball Staff - Fanball.com
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
The first time the Mets signed a 16-year old out of the Dominican Republic, it worked out okay, producing shortstop Jose Reyes. They announced that on Monday, they signed 16-year-old outfielder Jess Martnez, to a deal worth $1.4 million.
The Reyes signing cost them only $15,000, significantly more than the Martnez deal. It proves that the Dominican Republic is clearly being scouted more heavily and producing higher buck prospects. With both Martnez, and other Mets recent signee, Venezuelan pitcher Deolis Guerra unable to start playing professional baseball until they are 18-years old, they won't appear on the fantasy landscape for probably five years.
That's been wondered about for a few years now. I've heard rumors of attempts to put together a system involving an international draft of some sort, but I've never seen anything come of these rumors.bigken117 wrote:Any news on when international players will go through the draft and not be FA? When Justin Upton was 16, why couldn't he challenge the system, become a FA, and let the Yankees pay him whatever he desired? I just don't get it. Bottom feeding teams with no scouting budget like KC will never get anywhere when teams like the Mets are throwing 1.4 million at a 16 year old because he has a strong arm.
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