Rob Biertempfel has a few updates on some international free agents via Twitter:

He mentions that the Pirates have interest in Yoenis Cespedes, but that they will quickly back away if the bidding gets crazy.

-The Pirates have interest in left handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Biertempfel.  This is the second time we’ve heard the team linked to Wada.  About a month ago Jon Heyman mentioned the Pirates as one of the teams who could pursue the Japanese left hander. Wada is 31 years old, ad throws in the 86-87 MPH range with a good circle change and a solid slider. He’s been described as a Dallas Braden type, although there are questions as to whether he can be a starter. The expected price for Wada is two years and $8 M.

Chen is a 26 year old free agent out of Taiwan. He’s been playing in the Japanese league, but unlike most players out of Japan, Chen wouldn’t require a posting fee, since he’s a true free agent (Wada is also a free agent, with no posting fee required). He used to reach 95 MPH, but had Tommy John surgery a few years ago and was topping out at 91 this past year.  Chen put up a 2.68 ERA in 164.2 innings last year, with a 5.1 K/9, a 1.7 BB/9, and a 0.5 HR/9. Tim Dierkes of MLBTR speculates that he could cost $20 M over four years.

-Japanese free agency began yesterday. Guys like Chen and Wada are now allowed to negotiate with teams.

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  1. it doesnt matter what excites there’s nothing of quality on the free agent market for starting pitchers- outside chen and wada pirates need innings and more innings jeff locke and rudy owens are ready for these spots.

  2. Cespedes is probably going to get a major league contract too.  I just don’t see the Bucs paying Chapman like money for any amateur.  It would be hard for them to come up with biggest bonus for a player like this but it can still be worth talking to him.

  3. With the new Cap on international spending, shouldn’t that make the pirates much more of a player for Cespesdes since they could spend their entire international budget on him and that would be higher then all but 7 teams based on their record?

    • The cap doesn’t go in to effect until next year (starting July 2nd, 2012). Also, for the first year, all teams will have $2.9 M to spend.

      And Cespedes is 26 years old, so he wouldn’t count towards anyone’s cap, even if the new system was currently in place. Only Cubans under 23 count.

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