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Honesty, the radio silence seems like more of Rizzo's MO.
No, it's pretty standard across the industry. Aside from the big ticket players, the $10K guys typically won't get any attention until they show up in the US
What about the few signings for 100k or so?
more from KilgoreThey just signed two players for $130,000 and $150,000. The first, catcher Raudy Read, 17, is a player the Nationals think will have the bat to play every day. The second, outfielder Randy Novas, 16, is a purported five-tool player
Good to see the Nats making some progress down there, but they still have a long way to go. I do not really mind if they do not go for any big money signings [at the moment], as long as they are signing a good amount of the 150k-500k level players. I would also love for the team to beef up there scouting in the Pacific Rim, specifically HS players in Korea and Japan. But one problem at a time I suppose...
Who cares about the NY Mets complex being so great. I wouldn't want my players relaxing, playing on the computer, living in a hotel style dorm. I want them to stay focused on baseball and nothing but baseball. For these kid to succeed in getting to America, they don't need any distractions.
the Nationals spent roughly $1 million on signing bonuses for prospects in Latin America last year, one of the smallest budgets in the majors. Teams at the top of the list spent upward of $14 million.
Kilgore really did a fantastic job with this one.
DiPuglia's primary personnel achievement has been making the Nationals' Dominican talent pool younger. In 2009, the average age of the Nationals' Dominican Summer League team was roughly 20 1/2, which meant players who graduated to low Class A were almost uniformly older - and therefore less imbued with potential - than their opponents. The Nationals signed 32 players last year, mostly on signing bonuses of less than $10,000, and the average age of their DSL team dropped to 17 1/2.
Read's parents had raised him in a house with no floor.
Sounds a lot like the Nats plan in FA.Sign a bunch of no names on the cheap and hope one or two stick!
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