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adis portillo update

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2008 by AccountKiller

Just 5 years ago, Adis Portillo was pitching in the Little League World Series (pictured above). Now he’s signed with the San Diego Padres, collecting a sweet $2 million dollar bonus.

The right-handed pitcher is among the most complete pitchers in Latin America, and was the most sought after international free agent pitcher once Inoa was inked to a deal. Portillo can already throw about 93 mph, and that velocity is likely to improve once he matures and is put into a major league throwing program.

Adis Portillo was one of several big-time IFAs landed by the Padres this week, who also acquired SS Alvaro Aristy, OF Luis Domoromo (great name!), RHP Elvin Tavarez, and OF Corey Adamson of Australia. This is nothing short of a coup for the Padres organization.

I also believe there is a new trend in baseball. Teams avoided signability cases in the draft this past June, and clubs that are not normally thought of to be big spenders are opening their wallets to young IFAs now. I think we won’t see many multi-year mega-contracts being offered to MLB Free Agents this off-season. There seems to be a craze of building up the farm system to stockpile talented prospects, and buy-out a portion of their arbitration eligible years for the successful ones that begin to contribute at the Major League level. Examples of this include: Robinson Cano, Grady Sizemore, Evan Longoria, Ryan Braun, and several others.

It will be interesting to see if team’s let their superstars walk in their contract years in order to acquire compensation draft picks, that is if they can’t find a deal that lands enough prospects in exchange.

baby i got my money(ball)

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2008 by AccountKiller

Still in disbelief that Billy Beane would give a 16 year old International pitching prospect nearly $4.5 million, but if the rumored reports are true, that’s exactly what he did in landing Michel Inoa. The IFA signing period is a dirty business though, so I won’t believe it until it is officially announced by the Athletics in a press conference.

The IFA attention now falls on the other prizes available, most notably two youngsters out of Venezuela: OF Yorman Rodriguez and RHP Adis Portillo. Open those wallets!