Comments on: Changes Coming to International Free Agency http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/changes-coming-to-international-free-agency.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:56:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/changes-coming-to-international-free-agency.html#comment-10420 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:56:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21605#comment-10420 That’s not true for the Yankees. They’re constantly at the top of the international spending. They just don’t go in to it with the same approach as they do with free agency where they want a player, they get a player. For example, take Sano. For all of the complaints about how the Pirates should have paid whatever it took to make the deal, the Yankees were also interested. However, they weren’t interested enough to outbid the Pirates, much less give whatever it took to sign him. Of course, that might be a matter of preference, because they signed catcher Gary Sanchez for $3 M the same year.

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By: MarcH http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/11/changes-coming-to-international-free-agency.html#comment-10419 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:34:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=21605#comment-10419 I just see this as another way to hinder the smaller market teams.  The Yankees/BoSox don’t typically get into the DR, Mexico, etc. because they have to wait on their return, imo.  That’s why they tend to sign guys from Cuba or Japan, those players are ready now, again imo.

If they are going to make an international free agency cap/floor, it has to be a true international rule, and it must include Japan and Cuba.

I can’t believe the smaller market owners are willing to accept changes to the draft that will take away their only advantage over the larger market owners and now they might let themselves be curtailed in the int’l market to help the larger market owners. 

Baseball is very, very sick.

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