The Yankees' draft strategy was very transparent this year. They were focused on loading up on college players with high probabilities of at least reaching their production floors who would be easy and cheap to sign. That focus was with the goal in mind of spending big on the international free agent market, something we've heard about for months.
Well that plan may already be starting to take shape. According to Andy Martino of The Daily News, the Yankees have agreements in place with 3 big-name international free agents. Martino's unnamed source stated that the agreements are with shortstop Dermis Garcia for $3.6 million, shortstop Christopher Torres for $2.6 million, and third baseman Nelson Gomez for $2.8 million. All 3 players are 16-year-olds and from the DR. Garcia and Gomez have plus raw power according to most scouting reports, and Torres has the tools to stick at short long-term.
If these values are accurate, that's $9 million on 3 players right there. The original estimate of the Yankees' spending spree was in the $12-15 million range, so we'll see how many more players' names pop up over the next few weeks. The international signing period doesn't officially start until July 2nd.
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