We're a few days in to the 2011 international signing period, and already there have been big deals handed out, with the Texas Rangers even giving a record setting $5 M to Nomar Mazara out of the Dominican Republic. It is normal to see huge deals during the first few weeks of the signing period. However, don't make the common mistake that money equals talent. One of the best quotes I've seen on the international market compares July 2nd to Black Friday sales: a huge rush to buy items that will be a fraction of the price in a few months.
With the international market, you're definitely getting talented players with the high bonuses. However, the talent isn't limited to the big bonuses. Wait a few weeks and you can find talent for a fractio...
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