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green24


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:13 pm    Post subject: MLB Cracks Down on International Free Agency Reply with quote

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MLB sent teams a memo Tuesday stating that, effective today, international players are not allowed to be at a team facility until they are 16 years old or until six months before they become eligible to sign, whichever comes first. That means most players who become eligible to sign on July 2, 2015 won’t be able to enter a team’s Dominican academy—a vital component for teams to be able to evaluate players—until Jan. 2, 2015. For players who turn 16 between September and December, they will be allowed to go to a team facility once they turn 16. The only exceptions to that rule will be if a player participates in an event sponsored by MLB, such as an MLB-sanctioned league or showcase, or is part of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.

That rule change will have a major effect on how teams evaluate talent in Latin America. Most teams consider bringing players into their academies in the Dominican Republic the most important and efficient means of player evaluation. The academy allows teams to bring in players from all over Latin America and put them through whatever evaluation process they feel is optimal—simulated games, bullpen, situational drills—to get the best gauge of the player’s talent and personality.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/mlb-makes-significant-rule-changes-international-players/
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is obviously an attempt to avoid any future Yankees-Christopher Torres incidents. This won't really affect the 2015 IFA period much, as much of the relationship building and preliminary scouting has already taken place. Teams can then just keep tabs on the players as the months progress. This will obviously significantly affect the 2016 IFA period, and any future periods under the new CBA starting in 2017 (although I'd wager that the international draft is in place by then).
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