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Friday Bantering: International Signings, Yankees sign LeMahieu

Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees - Game Three Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

There is actual Blue Jays news this morning.

The team has made some international signings. The big-name is Manuel Beltre, a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic. He is getting $2.35 million. A “really advanced hitter” is the description everyone is going with. I guess the question is what does a 16-year-old do to be a really advanced hitter. says:

Where Beltre ultimately ends up playing as he makes his way through the Minor Leagues is to be determined. He has sure hands with good range and a quick transfer. He has plus-arm potential that suits him well at both shortstop and second base, where he has a chance to be an above-average defender.

Scouts also love his makeup, baseball IQ and dedication to the sport. He’s been praised for his work ethic and his game play abilities. He is an average runner.

And they signed a few others:

It looks like DJ LeMahieu is signing with the Yankees. Not a surprise. Apparently, he will get $90 million over 6 years, which seems a fair bit less than what he told the Blue Jays he wanted.

The thing about taking 6 years is that he wouldn’t be coming onto the market again at age 36, when odds are very slim that someone would give him 2 years at $12 million a season. So the Jays offered more per year, but the Yankees deal is likely his last contract, or his last one getting more than $10 million a year.

I don’t think I would have wanted to sign him for 6 years.

Pat Ragazzo says that the Jays offered $78 million over 4 years. And Jon Heyman says the same.

So all eyes fall on George Springer and Trevor Bauer.

I wonder who goes to find these balls after he hits them. I’d imagine there are a lot of young kids happy to do it.