Changes Coming to International Free Agency

We’ve heard a lot about the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks as it pertains to the draft and free agency.  Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated tweeted a CBA update on the changes that could be coming to the international market.  Segura reports that the new CBA is said to include a hard cap and floor for international signings. This raises a lot of questions, specifically centering around the definition of...

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Pirates Have a Visit Scheduled With Cespedes

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus reports (via MLBTR) that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be one of the teams who will be scheduling a visit with Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes in the coming weeks.  We heard on Monday that the Pirates were one of the teams who attended the workouts of Cespedes. The article by Goldstein also features some quotes from Edgar Mercedes, the advisor to Cespedes, who created the video.  Mercedes talks...

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Pirates Are Suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

Earlier today a scouting video was released of top Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks.  The video has since been removed, but was a pretty impressive display of Cespedes’ abilities.  On top of that, the video was somewhat entertaining, with some odd footage, including a Star Wars styled intro, and Cespedes roasting a pig at the end. Cespedes is a 26 year old center...

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International Signing Updates

  Back in June we heard about the Pittsburgh Pirates signing two kids from Taiwan, catcher Chin-De Chang and LHP Wei-Chung Wang. We have learned that Chang signed for 250k and Wang signed for 350k but his contract was voided after he failed his physical.  He was diagnosed with a tear to his ulnar collateral ligament and needed Tommy John surgery. The Pirates reportedly were still interested in signing Wei-Chung, although his bonus was...

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Pirates Cut Ties with Venezuelan Summer League

The Pittsburgh Pirates will no longer lease their academy in Venezuela according to Jennifer Langosch, thus ending their affiliation in the Venezuela Summer League. Starting next season they will have two teams in the Dominican Summer League.  There will be no change in the amount of players they sign as the Dominican Academy is big enough to handle two full 35 man rosters. All of the players currently under contract in the VSL will...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Top International Prospects

Now that I have finished the recaps for the VSL hitters and pitchers two weeks ago, and the DSL pitchers and hitters this week I thought I would revisit my top International players to watch list from early in the year and provide a new list of the top ten players to watch going forward. As I cautioned with the previous list, there isn’t a ton of information on these guys and while I have talked with sources with the Pirates...

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