According to Taiwan Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of eight major league teams who have shown serious interest in Taiwanese infielder Tzu-Wei Lin. The site mentions that Lin should receive a seven figure bonus, which would be the highest signing bonus for an amateur non-pitcher out of Taiwan. Other teams that are reportedly interested are the Rangers, Yankees, Indians, Red Sox, Twins, Athletics, and Padres. The Softbank Hawks of the NPB are another interested team.
Lin is a very toolsy player, with the potential for an above-average bat, gap power, an above-average arm, and average defense and range. He's also a plus runner. He plays shortstop, but might eventually switch to second base or center field.
He will be eligible to sign upon completion of high school. It's unknown whether that will happen before the international signing period begins on July 2nd. If Lin can sign early, he wouldn't count against any team's $2.9 M budget, which only counts toward signings from...
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